August 16

Reflection

Yesterday, we remembered and honored Mary the Mother of Jesus. But, in her time, she was subject to the rules that controlled women. As human beings we are creation become conscious. We are equally and unconditionaly loved by the God who is the source of all life. Yet in the 21st century, the deep rooted beliefs of a patriarchal society still keep women from true equality. In our own time, 186 countries have ratified the Treaty for the Rights of Women. The United States is not one of them.  Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls. Approximately one-quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school.(Human Rights Watch). Jesus spoke with women, women were among his disciples. There are prominent women mentioned as leaders in the early church. We say the right words but the forces of thought conditioning and power still control half the human race.

Prayer

O God may we understand the meaning of your unconditional love.

Action

Reflect on the gospel of Jesus as a message of freedom and a force for liberation. What are your own attitudes about the equality of men and women?

Suggested Reading

Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you? “She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either.
John 8-12

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus.
Romans 16:3

This is the mystery of our Church, that all men and women are brothers and sisters, all one in Christ, all bear the image of the Eternal God.
US Catholic Bishops

Women are equally created in the image and likeness of God, equally redeemed by Christ, equally sanctified by the Holy Spirit; women are equally involved in the ongoing tragedy of sin and the mystery of grace, equally called to mission in this world, equally destined for life with God in glory.
Elizabeth Johnson CSJ She Who Is,  

On December 18, 1979, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).   Almost all countries have ratified CEDAW – 186 out of 193 countries. Only seven have not ratified including the United States, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and three small Pacific Island nations (Nauru, Palau and Tonga). For info and to advocate on this treaty go to http://www.womenstreaty.org/

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.”
Shirley Chisholm

Women belong in the house… and the Senate.
Author Unknown

 You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.
Jane Galvin Lewis

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
Margaret Mead

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