Linking up with Blessed Is She and #BISsisterhood to talk about Crown of Creation.
I love Pope St. John Paul II, but that guy really made it very hard to ignore that the position of women in the church is simultaneously an honor and a huge weight of responsibility.
He uses words, like "crown of creation" and "feminine genius", to describe the unique gifts women are in this world.
Frankly, it's a lot of pressure to be a crown, and a jewel in the crown at that. Women are offered a share in creation through our ability to give and sustain life, and that is both awesome and terrifying.
Through our spiritual motherhood, women can play an important role in creating a more just and beautiful world. Through our physical motherhood, women are integral in the forming of brand new humans - new soul-bodies.
But sometimes I tarnish creation. Sometimes I say exactly the wrong thing and lead someone else into error or pain.
Sometimes I can't save everyone. Sometimes I feel I have nothing left to give.
Yet, I am not off the hook.
Even in my, significant, failings I do not get demoted from the role of jewel in the crown.
Because this is who we are, not just something we are choosing to be.
So this little jewel might need a little, or a lot, of polishing, but I still get to be in the crown and so do you.