Catholic Women Saints
We have handpicked for you some of the more
well known and popular Catholic Women Saints.
Each of these famous female Catholic women
are Role Models.
Some Catholic Women Saints suffered rejection by their peers, discrimination
because of sex, and still rose above all of it to become movers and shakers of
Discover a common thread, which gave them the
strength to go on when others would have backed down -their devotion to the
Holy Eucharist and Mother Mary and an unbending commitment to their vows,
most especially that of obedience. SIDEBAR You can learn about the Catholic
Women Saints anywhere, anytime. I remember working as in Engineer and during one
of my trips I was reading the "Story of a Soul" by Saint Therese of Lisieux.
Some one asked me what I was reading supposing it was some technical paper and I
responded. " I am reading about a young French girl. SIDEBAR
Catholic Women Saints - Comments
Women Saints, we salute you! We stand in the light of your strength
and accomplishments, your will power and determination to stand up
against unbelievable odds to do God's work, to take giant strides
towards the salvation of our Church and our world.
Woman has always played a major part in God's plan. When God made
woman of man's rib, He formed unity. "That is why a man leaves his
father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one."
Catholic Women Saints - God's Plan and Origin
is interesting to note that Adam, from whom Eve was taken, was
placed by God into a deep sleep. Was it that Eve was to be brought
forth by God Himself, of man but not by man? Could it be that God
did not want Eve to be a cause of pain for Adam but a loving partner
When Eve disobeyed God's mandate not to eat the forbidden fruit, her
action was to cause a reaction that not only would affect her
happiness and life but that of her Adam and all generations to
come. It reverberated down through the centuries, not to be
overturned until, thousands of years later, another woman, a second
Eve, was to make her Fiat with the words "I am the handmaiden of
the Lord. Let it be done unto me according to your will." (Luke
Eve's act of disobedience was to give birth to other acts against
our loving God by the family of man that would follow. But God is a
God of mercy, love and forgiveness, a forever God of Faithfulness to
a very often unfaithful people. When I think of how lovingly God
fashioned Adam and Eve, the joy He felt as He looked about at the
life they would have, I cannot help grieve with Him as He, the
Loving Parent saw them throw it all away. But our Compassionate God
could not close the door on His Children.
know of God's Love for woman down through the centuries, one only
has to begin with the women of the Old Testament. If we listen to
God's Word carefully, we see Mother Mary, the New Eve in God's
promise to the serpent, of the woman whose "offspring will crush
your head." (Gen 3:15) As one woman's "yes" was to lead to
betrayal, God accepted another woman's "yes" to redeem that
echoes of the women before us resound even to the most sacred times
in our lives. During the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony, one reading
recalls Ruth's faithful response to her mother-in-law Naomi's plea
for Ruth to leave her, "Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you
live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will
be my God." (Ruth 1:16)
Under pain of death, mid-wives disobeyed Pharaoh's order to kill all
male children born to Israelite women. Because of one woman's
courage, his mother, Moses was born and sent down the river in a
basket. Another woman, Pharaoh's daughter, showed her strength by
taking the Jewish baby Moses into her home and raising him. Because
of their yes'es, the Jews were freed from the clutches of Pharaoh,
and brought to the Promised Land. (Exodus 2:1-10)
the tradition of our Jewish ancestors, for centuries women have
begun the Sabbath on Friday night with the lighting of candles and
recitation of prayers. The Faith of the Jews is passed on by the
woman; for the children to be Jewish, the mother, not the father,
must be Jewish.
Children have been taught by the mother from time immemorial. In
our own modern society, the tradition is carried on. We gave a talk
to a group of women in Louisiana. We said to them, "Are you aware
that 85% of what is taught in your home to your children and your
husband, is done by the wife? The bulk of informational material
that comes into the house comes from the wife and mother."
believe it's been part of God's plan from before the creation of
man, that woman could bring us to the depths of despair, or to the
heights of ecstasy. They have been given this power by God to be
instruments of the greatest good, as with Mother Mary or, as in the
case of Eve, the worst evil.
focus of this article is on those Catholic Women Saints who have
glorified God, who have given their sisters role models to follow,
reason to hold their heads high. These are women who have
contributed to a heritage of which we can all be truly proud. When
we began researching the lives of powerful women in the Church,
living and dead, we were hoping to be able to find something in them
that could be used to affirm the women of today. We really believe
that women have been victims of a plot to separate them from the
Church, by destroying their self worth. We were praying that
something we would find could be used to lift their spirits, and let
them know how important they are to the Church.
What we found was such an abundance of contributions, such a bastion
of strength, such love, such example, not only in those who have
lived and died, but in those who are still among us. They have all
fought against the same defeatist elements, those that would destroy
not only women, but the Church itself, only to rise up victoriously
against the enemy, and to shine brightly in the heavens. We thought
at the beginning that our major problem would be finding enough
women we could hold up as examples. What we found was that there
were and are so many, we have to eliminate some or there would be so
many pages, and the book would be so heavy, it would be impossible
to ever finish it. But how can you eliminate so many women who have
made such an impact on the life of the Church? You don't. You
write a second volume. We felt such an urgency to get this book out
to you in the shortest possible time, we committed to a Volume II,
and a Volume III, if necessary. Whatever it takes to let women know
what a heritage they have in their sisters of yesterday and today,
we'll undertake it.
Lord has given us a message through this book, which we gladly pass
on to you. Have faith! Go before the Blessed Sacrament and lay
your problems out before the Lord. These are simple teachings that
we learned in Grade School, but have either forgotten, or given up
on. When the latest theories in Science or Psychology come along,
we throw away the power the Lord has given us in simple things, like
having faith, and appealing to Jesus in His Blessed Sacrament. But
they work! They always have. They worked for Mother Thecla, St.
Bernadette, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux; they work today for
Mother Angelica, for Sister Briege, and for all the women we're
writing about in this book. Why would you think they wouldn't work
for you? We hear excuses like "They (the saints) aren't relevant
today!" or "It's different now!", or "Our problems are unique to our
time". Think again! Read the struggles of the women in this book.
Don't buy into the lie.
have to share a little problem we have had in writing this book.
It's easy to write about the virtues, the holiness and spirituality
of canonized Saints like the Catholic Women Saints we've chosen for
this first volume. It's all after the fact. The Church has already
proclaimed them Catholic Women Saints.
Catholic Women Saints - Living Examples
have never written about living Catholic Women Saints before. We
talk of them often, because we truly believe that these special
people are doing God's work on earth. There are times when speaking
about people like Mother Angelica, Sister Briege or Mother Thecla,
that we can't help putting them in the same category as the brothers
and sisters before us who have been proclaimed members of the
Communion of Saints.
don't believe for a minute that Sainthood is a hit-and-miss
proposition. We're all called to be Saints. It's a decision we
make. Little Therese of Lisieux knew for a fact that she would be a
Saint, and you know the power Our Lord Jesus has given her. Penny
and I maintain that we will be in the Kingdom. We probably will
never be canonized, and we most likely will take a little side trip
to Purgatory, but we're on our way there. We believe the Lord has
called Mother Angelica, Mother Thecla Merlo, Sister Briege, and many
more of the women of this world who are making a mark in the fiber
of our Church, to be with Him in the Kingdom, to be Saints.
don't mean that we're anticipating, or trying to dictate what
decisions the official Church will or should make regarding the
sanctity of any of us. Canonization is a gift from God given for a
specific reason, which we're not required to understand. But there
are Saints all around us. We have seen Sainthood in action, and met
Saints in our lives. We believe the people we're writing about are
some of those Saints. So bear with us when we speak of what we term
"Living Saints" with a little awe. We've studied these women. We
know them. They've earned the love and respect of the mystical body
Catholic Women Saints - Research background
gift the Lord has given us in researching and writing the
biographies of these Catholic Women Saints, is the effect they have
had on the generations to come. It's nice to be able to read about
attributes that the people of God, our relatives the Saints, have
had in their lifetimes. We get warm and fuzzy, and a little proud
of our Church when we read these stories. But warm and fuzzy do not
necessarily mean power. The ladies the Lord has chosen for this
first volume of Saints and other Powerful Women in the Church, have
been women who have left their mark not only on the Church of their
day, but on the women to follow them.
There is a cross-section of personalities of the women in this
book. There is something in each of the accounts that will touch a
woman of today. But in addition, we believe there is a special
sister waiting for you in these pages whom you can embrace
wholeheartedly, because there is so much in her that you can relate
to, no matter who you are.
Catholic Women Saints - Final
Because of the sensitivity of the subject matter, and the high
visibility of the Catholic Women Saints we have written about, we
have taken great care to be as factual as possible. We have
enlisted the aid of many researchers more knowledgeable in the lives
of these women than we. But there are times when there are blank
spaces in the biographies, one-liners that tell such stories, or
insights that cry out for us to go down on our knees and beg the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit to fill in the gaps. At these few
times, we have asked the Lord to guide us in employing the "What if"
or "Dare to Dream" philosophy into our narrative.
While these instances are few and far between, they are used to
bridge the gap between what is known, and what might have been. We
have come to know and love these women so dearly, and have become so
much a part of them, we feel justified in these few artistic
licenses. We are encouraged in this by the words of author Murray
Bodo in his Foreword on the life of St. Clare of Assisi. He states,
"The story is not necessarily always factual, but to me it is true.
And if you believe, as I do, that the imagination sometimes brings
us closer to truth than does fact, then perhaps you can dare to
believe that the imagination can also remember something history has
failed to record."
invite you now, ladies and gentlemen, to let your hearts fill with
pride, as you share the joys and sorrows of your sisters, Saints and
Other Powerful Catholic Women Saints.
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