St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant philosopher, an accomplished author, a Jewish convert and a Carmelite nun, a martyr, and a saint. In her great body of writing, she considered the unique gifts that God has endowed upon women and asserted that “woman’s intrinsic value must be investigated in relation to her unique nature.”
Recently, I attended a talk that explained her writing on the vocation and role of women. The following excerpts from her work which we explored express in turn, the equality and complementarity of man and woman, sexual confusion, the unique and distinctively feminine vocation, and lastly, the sharing of virtues that is possible in the transformative union with Christ our Lord through grace, imitation and love.
“In the first account of the creation of man, the difference between male and female is immediately proclaimed. But mutually they are given the threefold vocation: they…
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