I'm currently reading an advanced copy of Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood by my friend and colleague Pat Gohn and was excited to see an article by her on the Washington Post website: Respecting Women is Respecting Life. Sadly, some of the comments are quite angry, especially in light of the fact that Pat advocates respect for women.
Here is a brief excerpt:
A woman’s womb, her uterus, signals that she is made for something
and someone more than herself. This reality touches a woman at her very
core -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The womb’s raison d’etre
illuminates this gift that welcomes and receives the life of a child,
sheltering and nurturing it, until finally, a woman gives birth. We even
use the expression -- giving birth -- denoting the gift that it is. The
maternal gift ought to be honored and celebrated.
What’s more, a pregnant mother is entrusted with carrying an immortal
soul besides her own -- a soul that is destined for eternity. That’s
why a woman really needs to be aware of the dignity of her feminine
creation, and the sublime gift of her maternity, so she can confer that
dignity on her child, and upon others through her love of life.
The gift of maternity is inherent in all women. They are predisposed
to motherhood by their design. Yet, as we know, not all women bear
children. Even if a woman never gives birth, a woman’s life is still
inclined toward mothering. All women are entrusted with the call
to care for the people within their sphere of influence. This broadens
our ideas of maternity beyond gestation and lactation.
A woman’s relationships with others, even though they may not be
fruitful biologically, can be fruitful spiritually. Therefore a woman’s
life--her feminine genius--is characterized by physical and/or spiritual