Psalm for Women

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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

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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?

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6 thoughts on “Psalm for Women

  1. I love this! “In their company I will spring up, blossom and grow into the woman of wisdom.” Those words are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to write this down. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am currently reading “Interior Castle” after wanting to for years and really enjoying it ~ and now wanting to know more about Teresa of Avila.

  3. Very neat prayer! I don’t know that I have a single woman that I really look up to. I think it would be good if I did, though!

    One thing I’m looking forward to when we have children is getting some big books of saints and going through them all together. I’m hoping that we’ll all learn to love the saints together.

  4. Of those listed, I have been especially inspired by Teresa of Avila, Edith Stein, and Simone Weil. Catherine of Genoa, and Hildegard of Bingen are the first two that came to mind as missing from the prayer, and of course Rahab (though I would not expect her to be listed).

    One thing that strikes me is how much is lost about women’s lives. None of the women of the Roman Canon (Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia) are listed. And I cannot even tell you one thing about Anastasia (well, I’m guessing that she is a virgin martyr, but that is sort of cheating). Anyway, my point is simply that these used to be the women whom members of our faith found most inspirational, but now they are not even included in our prayers focused on women! So perhaps it is well worth doing exactly what you do here and thinking about inspirational women.

    So yes, I would pray it for my daughter. 🙂 Have you posted about which women you find most inspirational?

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