Every practicing Catholic plays an important role in the life of the Church. When I embraced the Catholic faith I was told that women were not treated well in the church but I have never found that to be true.
As women we can be altar servers, readers, Eucharistic ministers, flower arrangers, Evangelists, etc. Women make up a high percentage of the Legion of Mary and when this wonderful organisation was first set up by Frank Duff in Ireland on 7th September 1921, it had an almost exclusive female membership.
On the Isle of Wight there is a thriving Catholic convert with 30 women ranging from 19 years of age to 90, many young women are now giving their lives to God wherever in enclosed orders or in a more secular way.
Not forgetting too, our Blessed Mother Mary, most Catholic churches and some Anglican churches have a Lady chapel or statues of Mary. In front of these many people kneel to pray the Rosary and other Catholic devotions. I have developed a deep love of our Lady and have asked for her intercession many times and many times she has helped me.
God can call for a long time but if this call is not heeded, then he sends a Mother who with her gentle persuasion and sense of purpose can bring even the most hardened souls back to God.
One of my favourite female saints in St Faustina, a Polish nun who on 22nd February 1931 was visited by Jesus, who told her that he was the “King of Divine Mercy”. On that day she wrote in her diary:
” In the evening , when I was in my cell, I became aware of Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast, there came forth two large rays, one red, the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord, my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me,” paint an image according to the pattern you see with the inscription, Jesus I trust in you”
So was created the wonderful devotion of the Divine Mercy, which is now prayed throughout the world and Divine Mercy Sunday is always on the first Sunday after Easter.
Women will continue to be a great support to the church, they can teach their faith to their children so that they too may be a great asset to the Catholic Church.