Reflections on International Women’s Day: Spending Time With Mama

International Women’s Day seems strange to me. I mean, as a group of people who make up a decent portion of the population, I have issue with celebrating our magnificence on only one day.

Women are pretty amazing. We are strong, enduring everything from sexual harassment to negative stereotypes about our driving skills. Every year more and more women are attending universities and receiving advanced degrees. We are politicians, artists, advocates of great causes, and scholars. Oh! And we do this really cool thing where we create beautiful life in our wombs. In light of that last point, I decided to dedicate my celebration and appreciation of International Woman’s Day to a truly inspiring and perfect woman: Mama Mary.

As many of you know, I’m a cradle Catholic. It’s hard to see the world from a Catholic perspective and not witness the glory of femininity in its entirety. One person throughout all of history was conceived without sin, and that was a woman. One person perfectly followed God’s will for their life, and that was a woman. One person brought the Son of God into this world to save us from sin and death, and that was a woman.

So many people were celebrating International Woman’s Day in light of famous women who broke glass ceilings in their fields. Those women are important, too. Thank God for women such as Jane Goodall, Maya Angelou, St. Joan of Arc, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Audrey Hepburn. And thank God for the “ordinary” women in our lives, such as our mothers, sisters, and aunts. 

But Mary’s significance for the betterment of all humanity should be recognized as truly remarkable, and never be forgotten.

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