Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

on December 22, 2008

Gentleness was a fun one. It ended up going two weeks, we were having so much fun with it.

I knew that one of the first things the girls would think of when I mentioned gentleness is weakness, because that is the rep that being gentle gets. So, first I found an article that we all read:

http://www.ungrind.org/2008/09/gentleness-lost.html

Then we talked about what all of that meant and how gentleness is actually great strength, not weakness at all. We talked about how Mary is thought of as gentle (especially since we have a song called Gentle Woman), but that she is often portrayed as crushing the head of a snake. And that lead into a talk about women. Specifically, women in the Church. For this, we turned to John Paul II’s Letter to Women

Now you probably understand what took us two weeks! The girls really enjoyed learning about how perfectly “ok” it was to be feminine – it’s what we are called to be, and how the Church does not oppress women or punish women or hate women, on the contrary it LOVES women. The Church recognizes the unique gifts of women and their role, just as it recognizes the unique gifts of men and their role. And instead of trying to lie and say that women and men can fulfill each others roles, it honors them in their own roles. Ok, that may not make sense, but it does in my head. And it made sense when we talked about it.

A few weeks later one of the girls told me that one of her friends told her that the Catholic Church hated women and that’s why women weren’t allowed to be priests. My teen corrected her and shared with her just how much the Church does not hate women. Fulton Sheen would be proud.

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