From the Coalface {SQT} Real Wonder Women

seven-quick-takes-friday-2-300x213Linking up with Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum.

Head over to her blog to check out all the other Quick takes!

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I love Jennifer Fulwiler, especially after reading her book.  She also has a radio show that is broadcast by SiriusXM.

Living in Australia makes it impossible for me to subscribe to SiriusXM satellite radio.

D’oh!

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That has not left me daunted, however, as I can get her podcasts of her radio show.  These are the “best of” moments from her shows each week.

This week’s one I just had to comment on.  She mentions couples with infertility being at the forefront of the culture wars.  Amen to that one.  It is a massive topic that is so under-represented in many circles.  Catholic couples faced with infertility or sub-fertility need really good guidance about the options they have open to them.  Thank God for NaPro Technology.  I also just love listening to something when the person speaking is half-laughing at everything in a non-fake-sounding way.  It just lifts my spirits at the end of the week.  So, head on over and check it out.

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Another topic was the tragic state of ’80’s afternoon family tv shows, including “The Facts of Life.”  Jen  attempts an hilarious rendition of the theme song. Being older, the “Facts of Life” was less on the afternoon programme schedule in our house.  Instead we were able to spend hours on couch enjoying our afternoon tea of Milo and cold milk with Gingernut biscuits, while watching “The Brady Bunch”, “Eight is Enough”, “Mork and Mindy”, “Gilligans Island”, and “Wonder Woman”.

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With Wonder Woman, the lyrics pretty much sum it up (try and imagine a 70’s disco track while reading):

“All the world is waiting for you (Wonder Woman). In your satin tights, fighting for our rights, and the old red, white and blue.  All of us are counting on you, and the power you possess.  Putting all your might on the side of right, and our courage to the test.  Wonder woman… get us out from under, Wonder Woman. Here to fight the force of evil, and your chance won’t be denied, woman of the hour, with our super-power, we’re so proud you’re on our side.”

You can even watch this if you just want to see how amazing it can be for a woman to run with short pants and have absolutely no cellulite.  My son(12) commented after watching this: “All that I can tell is that the women in the ’70s and ’80s were very scantily dressed.”  (Well, maybe not all women, son.)

All of us 10 yr old girls wanted to be Wonder Woman.  We all had the whole, “spin and transform into woman of power and might, with a magic golden rope that never seemed to need a good sailor’s knot to work properly”.  No wonder so many women now are dissatisfied with their bodies.  We all grew up wanting to look like Linda Carter.

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Wonder Woman as a show did get it right though in some ways.  Women do need a hero(ine) too.  Women do have power and beauty simultaneously.   They can fight evil and be a source of salvation when they co-operate with good and right. ( Maybe even wearing satin tights, but these are optional.)

There is a hunger for women to be courageous and show leadership in their lives.  I love how Pope John Paul 2 expresses this here:

The moral and spiritual strength of a woman is joined to her awareness that God entrusts the human being to her in a special way.Of course, God entrusts every human being to each and every other human being. But this entrusting concerns women in a special way – precisely by reason of their femininity – and this in a particular way determines their vocation…

A woman is strong because of her awareness of this entrusting, strong because of the fact that God “entrusts the human being to her”, always and in every way, even in the situations of social discrimination in which she may find herself. This awareness and this fundamental vocation speak to women of the dignity which they receive from God himself, and this makes them “strong” and strengthens their vocation.

Thus the “perfect woman” (cf. Prov 31:10) becomes an irreplaceable support and source of spiritual strength for other people, who perceive the great energies of her spirit. These “perfect women” are owed much by their families, and sometimes by whole nations.

Pope John Paul 2, Mulieris Dignitatem 30 (On the Dignity & Vocation of Women) 

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And for the real Wonder Woman, we don’t need fiction.  Someone has done this in a way that will never be repeated in all of human history.  Not because of anything of herself, but because of the fact that God himself became a human person and entered into history at a specific time.  JP2 again:

Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Word, is placed at the very centre of that enmity, that struggle which accompanies the history of humanity on earth and the history of salvation itself. In this central place, she who belongs to the “weak and poor of the Lord” bears in herself, like no other member of the human race, that “glory of grace” which the Father “has bestowed on us in his beloved Son,” and this grace determines the extraordinary greatness and beauty of her whole being. Mary thus remains before God, and also before the whole of humanity, as the unchangeable and inviolable sign of God’s election, spoken of in Paul’s letter: “in Christ…he chose us…before the foundation of the world,…he destined us…to be his sons” (Eph. 1:4, 5). This election is more powerful than any experience of evil and sin, than all that “enmity” which marks the history of man. In this history Mary remains a sign of sure hope.Pope John Paul 2,  Redemptoris Mater 11 (Mother of the Redeemer) 

 Thanks to this special bond linking the Mother of Christ with the Church, there is further clarified the mystery of that “woman” who, from the first chapters of the Book of Genesis until the Book of Revelation, accompanies the revelation of God’s salvific plan for humanity. For Mary, present in the Church as the Mother of the Redeemer, takes part, as a mother, in that monumental struggle; against the powers of darkness”138 which continues throughout human history. Pope John Paul 2,  Redemptoris Mater 46 (Mother of the Redeemer)

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And how can we see other Mary’s today?  I see them all the time in the mothers who embrace martyrdom today for the sake of the Gospel, but being open to life in the culture of death.   Mothers who get out of bed each morning and say yes to God to labour for the sake of their children and husbands.

Mothers who are living out this hidden life are really such a true reflection of the first Mary, and that is why they are on the real front-line of the battle between good and evil.  The Devil hates them for it, just like he hates Mary as Sam Guzman mentions here.  So, fear not, Wonder Women!

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So, now, I return to the Wonder Woman theme song.  Sing along with a suitable disco track and this might just apply to you!

“All the world is waiting for you (Wonder Woman). In your satin tights, fighting for our rights, and the old red, white and blue.  All of us are counting on you, and the power you possess.  Putting all your might on the side of right, and our courage to the test.  Wonder woman… get us out from under, Wonder Woman. Here to fight the force of evil, and your chance won’t be denied, woman of the hour, with our super-power, we’re so proud you’re on our side.”

Have a great week everyone!

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4 comments

  1. Oh yay – So fun to see this post. I used to spin around the room in my long robe and WonderWoman underoos singing the song….. And now I find myself on my more frustrating Mom days praying to Mary for prayers that I may be more patient and less selfish…..

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