Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.

January 7, 2009

A Little Reflection

I've been reading Alice von Hildebrand's The Privilege of Being a Woman, and I thought I'd share some of the passages that I've found particularly striking with you. It has been helping me to consider further reflection on the abortion issue. Here's a quote that's particularly striking on the theological meaning of the female body from page 82:
A contemplation of the female body can yield rich insights into the mission of women. The first thing that comes to mind is that in her body the intimate organs are not visible. They are all 'hidden' within her. In this, she differs clearly from her male counterpart. This fact is rich in symbolism: What is hidden usually refers to something mysterious . . . . The very structure of her body symoblizes a garden that should be carefully guarded, for the keys of this garden belong to God. Cf. Song of Songs 4:12
Let us contemplate the mystery spoken of in this passage! As women, we are beloved by God, we belong to Him in a special way. What cause for rejoicing!! May all the saints in Heaven help illuminate the way as we seek to understand the power of our femininity!

(Print by Alphonse Mucha)


Julian said...

I LOVE this book and this excerpt. Thanks for reminding me how much I liked it. :)

I think that the mystery she refers to goes beyond our reproductive organs. There is something so beautifully mysterious about our internal femininity...our yearnings, our thought processes,our intuitions. It truly is a privilege to have been made this way [even though certain times of the month really test me... :)]

VinoFino said...

I absolutely love this book and highly encourage everyone to read it. It has a deep insight into femininity and is very inspiring. Also, it is very short and an easy read! Get it now! And no, I am not Alice's publicist.

Edith Magdalene said...

Agreed, VinoFino. The book is awesome! It is easy to read, but so beautifully profound at the same time, that it is perfect for meditation! I, too, recommend it to both men and women!

Phoebe said...

The Secret Garden is a powerful and very real image of what it is to be Woman. I love the Song of Songs passage you have posted in the side bar. I am inspired to read this Von Hildebrand book as well!

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