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A Challenge To Modern Women

By 'A Formerly Modern Woman'

Summary: A challenge to modern women to follow the scriptural precepts for women.

Keywords: Woman, Women, Womanhood, Ladies, Female, Mother, Motherhood, Feminism (against), Feminists, Roles, Gender, Scriptural Precepts For Women, Obedience, Homemaking, Attire, Appearance

I am firmly convinced that the devil has an exceeding hatred for women. Primarily, I believe this is because he was conquered by the Woman promised in Genesis (she did not conquer him alone of course, but she was instrumental in the victory, by God's design). I imagine he, in all his pride, sees that he has lost his formerly high place in heaven and that the highest place in heaven for a creature now belongs to a humble woman (the Blessed Virgin Mary). Therefore, I think he gets a sick pleasure by tempting women and causing their downfall as he sees this as a retribution of sorts against the gender of the one that crushed his head.

We also know that in Genesis, he chose to tempt the woman rather than the man. Perhaps he found her an easier target or perhaps he figured she would ensnare Adam from whom she received her own flesh.

In any event, we know that God made part of the punishment for their disobedience that Eve would have to be subject to Adam (see Gen. 3:16). We also know that Scripture clearly attributes the Fall to the woman. As scripture says, "In woman was sin's beginning, and because of her we all die." (Sirach 25:23) Therefore, each of us personally suffers and dies due to the disobedience & pride of the first woman. There's no escaping this fact.

We must also realize that the Bible has assigned specific roles for women, no matter how much modern women may want to fight against it.

My purpose for writing this article is to challenge women to live out the Scriptural teachings regarding women. Women everywhere claim to love God. They even claim to be willing to do what God wants "if only they knew what that was". Well, ladies, we do know what God expects of women. I will discuss some of these expectations below. The real challenge is whether or not today's woman will follow the prideful Eve and do her own will or the humble Mary and follow God's will.

What is Expected of Women

According to Holy Scripture, woman is to be (or have)....

* Obedient to her husband

"Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord." (St. Paul, Col. 3:18)

"But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and a husband the head of his wife, and God the head of Christ." (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 11:3)

"Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything." (St. Paul, Eph. 5:22-24)

* Saved by motherhood

"A woman must receive instruction silently and under complete control. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. Further, Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed. But she will be saved through motherhood, provided women persevere in faith and love and holiness, with self-control." (St. Paul, 1 Tm. 2:11-15)

* A homemaker

"Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to drink, teaching what is good, so that they may train younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers, under the control of their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited." (St. Paul, Ti 2:3-5)

* Modestly dressed

"Similarly, (too,) women should adorn themselves with proper conduct, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hairstyles and gold ornaments, or pearls, or expensive clothes, but rather, as befits women who profess reverence for God, with good deeds." (St. Paul, 1 Tm. 2:9-10)

* Silent in church

"A woman must receive instruction silently and under complete control. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. Further, Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed. But she will be saved through motherhood, provided women persevere in faith and love and holiness, with self-control." (St. Paul, 1 Tim. 2:11-15)

"Indeed, the spirits of prophets are under the prophets' control, since he is not the God of disorder but of peace. As in all the churches of the holy ones, women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. But if they want to learn anything, they should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a woman to speak in the church. Did the word of God go forth from you? Or has it come to you alone? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or a spiritual person, he should recognize that what I am writing to you is a commandment of the Lord." (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 14:32-37)

* Her head covered in prayer

"Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame upon his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled brings shame upon her head, for it is one and the same thing as if she had had her head shaved. For if a woman does not have her head veiled, she may as well have her hair cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should wear a veil. A man, on the other hand, should not cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; nor was man created for woman, but woman for man; for this reason a woman should have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels." (St. Paul,1 Cor. 11:4-10)

* Long hair

"Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears his hair long it is a disgrace to him, whereas if a woman has long hair it is her glory, because long hair has been given (her) for a covering?" (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 11:14-15)

* Feminine attire

"A woman shall not wear an article proper to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's dress; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 22:5)

Therefore, I challenge you, modern woman...

* Be obedient to your husband

* Have as many children as God blesses you and your husband with (no contraceptives and no "NFP" used as birth control)

* Give up your career, married women, for motherhood [as Scripture indicates (see Gen. 3:16-19), it is the man who is called to labor - the woman is called to motherhood)]

"Stumble not through woman's beauty, nor be greedy for her wealth; The man is a slave, in disgrace and shame, when a wife supports her husband." (Sirach 25:20-21)

"[A] woman is by nature fitted for home-work, and it is that which is best adapted at once to preserve her modesty and to promote the good bringing up of children and the well-being of the family." (Pope Leo XIII")

Even the Second Vatican Council said that "The children, especially the younger among them, need the care of their mother at home."

* Homeschool your children

* Dress modestly and NEVER wear trousers (pants)

"When we see a woman in trousers (pants), we should think not so much of her as of all mankind, of what it will be when women will have masculinized themselves for good. Nobody stands to gain by helping to bring about a future age of vagueness, ambiguity, imperfection and, in a word, monstrosities." (Cardinal Siri, 1960 A.D.)

* Grow your hair long and cover your head in prayer

* Don't engage in vanities (e.g. dying graying hair)

"What place have rouge and white lead on the face of a Christian woman? The one simulates the natural red of the cheeks and of the lips; the other the whiteness of the face and of the neck. They serve only to inflame young men's passions, to stimulate lust, and to indicate an unchaste mind. How can a woman weep for her sins whose tears lay bare her true complexion and mark furrows on her cheeks? Such adorning is not of the Lord; a mask of this kind belongs to Antichrist. With what confidence can a woman raise features to heaven which her Creator must fail to recognize?" (St. Jerome)

"Let us then 'glorify God,' and bear God both 'in our body and in our spirit.' (1 Cor. 6:20). And how is one to glorify Him in the body? saith one, and how in the spirit? The soul is here called the spirit to distinguish it from the body. But how may we glorify Him in the body and in the spirit? He glorifies Him in the body, who does not commit adultery or fornication, who avoids gluttony and drunkenness, who does not affect a showy exterior, who makes such provision for himself as is sufficient for health only: and so the woman, who does not perfume nor paint her person, but is satisfied to be such as God made her, and adds no device of her own. For why dost thou add thy own embellishments to the work which God made? Is not His workmanship sufficient for thee? or dost thou endeavor to add grace to it, as if forsooth thou wert the better artist? It is not for thyself, but to attract crowds of lovers, that thou thus adornest thy person, and insultest thy Creator. " (St. John Chrysostom)

* Get out of the sanctuary at church

"Women may not go to the altar." (Council of Laodicea, Canon 44)

"However learned and holy a woman may be, she must not presume to teach men in the church" (Council of Carthage IV)

"To touch the sacred species and to distribute them with their own hands is a privilege of the ordained [priests]" (Pope John Paul II)

* Be quiet in church

"Silence in the presence of the Lord GOD!" (Zeph. 1:7)

"But the LORD is in his holy temple; silence before him, all the earth!" (Hab. 2:20)

"As in all the churches of the holy ones, women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says" (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 14:33-34)

Furthermore...

* Do not handle the Holy Eucharist

"To safeguard in every possible way the dignity of so august a Sacrament, not only is the power of its administration entrusted exclusively to priests, but the Church has also prohibited by law any but consecrated persons, unless some case of great necessity intervene, to dare handle or touch the sacred vessels, the linen, or other instruments necessary to its completion." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)

* Leave the choir singing to men

"On the same principle it follows that singers in church have a real liturgical office, and that therefore women, being incapable of exercising such office, cannot be admitted to form part of the choir. Whenever, then, it is desired to employ the acute voices of sopranos and contraltos, these parts must be taken by boys, according to the most ancient usage of the Church." (Pope St. Pius X)

* Stop asking girls what they want to "be" or women what they "do"

* Don't praise career women - praise mothers

* Don't drive men around (unless they are physically handicapped)

* Be humble

* Let the man open the door for you - in fact, wait for him to do it

* Insist on marrying a man who will support you and your children [remember that the "The primary end of marriage is the procreation and education of children" (1917 Code of Canon Law, Can. 1013 § 1)]

* Do not tolerate the divorce mentality

"Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Lk. 16:18)

"A ratified and consummated valid marriage can be dissolved by no human power and for no cause, outside of death." (1917 Code of Canon Law, Can. 1118)

* Don't act like you are a man (in speech, dress, or action)

* Embrace your femininity

Remember to use the Blessed Virgin as your guide.

In the end, you may find, as I did, that things you formerly thought were difficult can become easy - and very rewarding. Keep in mind that if God has assigned certain roles for women, you can be assured that they are best for women and will make them happiest - both now and in eternity. For your good, for the good of your family, and for the good of society, start now. It's not too late!

Finally, don't forget that Jesus says "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." (Jn. 14:15) So if you choose not to follow the Almighty God's plan for womanhood do you really believe you love Him? Do you really believe he will accept your pride & disobedience and welcome you in into heaven? Do you pretend that you can safely "disagree" with Almighty God's plan for women? Or rather will you end up conquered by the devil who hates women so and uses their own pride to cause their downfall?

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