This prayer is in the Catholic women’s devotional Bible that I have, and I just love it!
Divine Wisdom, out of love and compassion
You created me and called me ‘woman’
bone of bones and flesh of flesh
companion and partner with man.
You created me in your own image to be fruitful,
and to fill the earth with life,
leading, ordering, and empowering the created universe,
together with holy women and men, created and infused
with Your spirit of love.
You have drawn me into a web of woven threads
with the ancient ones Eve and Esther, Ruth and Naomi,
Sarah and Rebecca. You have drawn me into a sisterhood
of pieces and patterns designed by holy women
Mary and Elizabeth, Martha of Bethany and Mary Magdalene,
Priscilla and Lydia. You have drawn me into a kinship
with the wild, daring, holy women whose lives flavor my own
Therese of Lisieux and Catherine of Siena, Clare of Assisi and Teresa of Avila
Margaret of Hungary and Bridget of Kildare.
You have drawn me into a union with the wise women
of my own time and culture
Dorothy Day and Thea Bowman
Mother Teresa and Edith Stein
Simone Weil and Catherine de Hueck Doherty.
In their company I will spring up, blossom and grow
into the woman of wisdom You have molded and formed
from the beginning of time.
— Carol Gura
Which Christian/Catholic woman do you feel most inspired by? Who do you most relate to? Is this a prayer you’d say for your daughter?