Sunday Devotional: The Good Wife

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax
and works with loving hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors,
and let her works praise her at the city gates.

Holy Family
St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897) was a woman who lived a short life, only 24 years, the last years of which as a cloistered nun. She was not a learned scholar, nor did she write scholarly tomes. And yet the Catholic Church recognizes and honors St. Thérèse as a Doctor of the Church, along side such towering intellects as St. Thomas Aquinas.
Why is that?
Because of a simple but profound observation St. Thérèse made, called the Little Way:

To do all things, no matter how small, with great love.

In so doing, we lift those little things — the acts of service that we do for others — into the heights of Heaven.
That is why St. Thérèse is affectionately known as St. Thérèse of the Little Flower.
Come to think of it, isn’t her Little Way just another way of describing what our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to do — “Love your neighbor as yourself”?
Sadly, in America today, too many not only eschew doing little things with great love for each other, feminists look upon cooking a hot family meal as oppressive, while men increasingly avoid (salaried) work altogether.
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~Eowyn

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Mike howrightismike
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Mike howrightismike

Excellent post, Dr. Eowyn!

surfercajun
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surfercajun

“Love your neighbor as yourself”…something so simple yet sometimes so hard to accomplish. it is harder to love your enemies or those that treat you badly.

pnordman
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May I share with my beloved FOTM family a devotion I wrote years ago, SEVEN PILLARS FOR WIVES: SEVEN PILLARS FOR WIVES – Patricia Erwin Nordman Several friends of ours have gotten divorces through the years. It surprised and dismayed us, for these seemed stable marriages built on the Rock. Instead, they crashed on the sharp rocks of contention and discontent that tore them and their children apart. When I read Proverbs, the book in the Bible which I feel helps us to guide our lives with practical wisdom, I think about these couples, especially the ladies, and what verses… Read more »

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

beautiful…Thank You for sharing

Mike
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Patricia, that’s terrific!

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

Thank You Dr. Eowyn for this very inspirational post. I pray every woman strives to be “the good wife”, just as every man should strive to be the good husband. Be vulnerable to one another under God.

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent and meaningful post. I have always thoroughly enjoyed my domestic duties and chores. They have always given me such joy, especially nurturing others and helping people. I have never understood the feminist agenda in this regard, as nothing they teach has anything to do with femininity; they teach bitterness, cruelty and selfishness. We must look to Our Lady and to saints like the Little Flower and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta as models of true feminists.