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5 Quotes from Catholic saints about the gift of womanhood

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Zoe Romanowsky - published on 03/08/23

On International Women's Day, these holy men and women remind us of the gift women are to the world.

March 8 is International Woman’s Day = a day to celebrate the achievements of women and to call for accelerating the equal dignity of women everywhere. The Church has had a lot to say about women and the gifts they bring to the world. Here are 5 inspiring quotes from saints about women and their “feminine genius.”

Women think with their whole bodies and they see things as a whole more than men do. — Dorothy Day

“Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.” – St. John Paul II 

The world doesn’t need what women have, it needs what women are. — St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.” – Ven. Fulton Sheen

Among the fundamental values linked to women’s actual lives is what has been called a ‘capacity for the other’ … Women preserve the deep intuition of the goodness in their lives of those actions which elicit life, and contribute to the growth and protection of the other. — Pope Benedict XVI (not a canonized saint, but perhaps one day will be!)

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