Tupac Shakur once expressed to respect all women because we all came from one.
Well, I couldn’t agree any less! That’s just a fact of life and we can’t change it. Then there’s also the term “feminine genius” first coined by St. John Paul the Great (then Pope John Paul II). In his letter to women in 1995, he wrote:
“Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.”
The first time I encountered the feminine genius years ago, I have to admit that I got interested but I couldn’t understand it right then and there. I had to read articles, books, etc. to somehow comprehend it. Realizing that I’m a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, and soon-to-be mother — different roles, but with the same purpose of loving others — made me close in truly embodying it, though I’m still a work in progress (aren’t we all?).
One writer summarized the feminine genius in four aspects: receptivity, sensitivity, generosity, and maternity (physical and spiritual).
All women embody those four aforementioned aspects. But I’ve come to realize that yes, each woman is still unique so there’s no one “formula” to the feminine genius. To exemplify this, I came up with an idea. Before I rebranded this blog to what it is now, I used to feature travelers. And yes, I miss collaborating! So I decided that this time, I’ll start a new series featuring fellow women of faith who embody the feminine genius in their own way.
That’s when “Fiat and Faith” was born. Just like Mama Mary — the ultimate example of the feminine genius — it all starts with saying “yes” (fiat). So thank you to the women who already agreed and will agree to be featured in spreading God’s message to the world, especially about authentic femininity as He designed it to be. ❤
This blog series will start this month, October – the month of the Holy Rosary, so watch out for that! 🙂
To know more about the feminine genius, here are some additional reading/links from other websites:
- “Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women” on Vatican.va
- “Feminine Genius” on Catholic.com
- “The Feminine Genius” on BlessedIsShe.net
- “The Genius of Mary” and “The Feminine Genius at Work” on FemCatholic.com
- “Is There a Definition of a ‘Catholic Wife?’ How I Found My Identity in the Feminine Genius.” on SpokenBride.com
- “Feminine Genius” on TheYoungCatholicWoman.com
TO GOD BE THE GLORY ALWAYS AND FOREVER!
“Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”