A while back, we made a post introducing Proverbs chapter 31 verses 10-31. For the first part of the series, let’s look at the most important attribute of the Catholic girl or woman: Godliness.
“…The woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”Proverbs 31:30
Proverbs 31:30 in its full text reads, “Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain, but the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” These words sum up what makes the exemplary Catholic woman who she is. It is not through human practices, even virtuous ones, which make the valiant woman mentioned in verse ten of this chapter of Proverbs, but God’s grace. One can give money to the poor, honor your spouse/family, work hard, and practice wisdom – all attributes of the Proverbs 31 woman – but if God is not glorified it is all for nothing! God made us to know, love, and serve Him, and if we do not live our everyday lives with this in mind, not one good deed will be worth even the tiniest bit. Virtue done to look pious or to gain approval from other people is worth nothing; only what is done for God alone matters. The best way to begin living with true femininity is to do it for God, without Whom it will all be false and in vain!
Once a girl’s or woman’s focus is on God, then she can live the life He wills for her. So Girls and Ladies, before you read any more about Proverbs 31 or even begin imitating this perfect example of womanhood, please direct your intentions to God. He alone can rightly guide your life. Pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the grace to live as she did. Mary never strayed from God, and always lived for Him. Give yourself to her, and she will in turn draw you closer to God.
Are you ready? Ladies, God is calling you to femininity. Listen to His voice. Strive to know, love, and serve God. Ask for the grace to do all things for Him alone, especially through the intercession of Mary. Then you will be armed to begin the life of a Godly woman.
St. Philomena, pray for us!
Stay tuned for more in this series!
Holy Bible, Douay-Rheims version, Loreto Publications, 2007