Saturday, April 16, 2011

What Makes You Truly Lovable

You are simply woman like no other women.

You are aware and in strong, confident possession of the fundamental reality of your being and live that so naturally.

All that you are flow so gracefully from that deep delight in being woman – a subtle blending of self-consciousness and self-forgetfulness - that manifest as simply being woman, pure and simple.

Your beauty is your being, independent of the accidents - which are just drawn naturally to paint the shades of changing color which your life and relations demands.

You create life in your being and becoming and doing; you paint the world with your creations in the grand and minutest canvass of daily life, work and leisure and they are sealed with the unmistakable mark of being woman.

You are not afraid to commit your being to the here and now . . . and forever.

I Love You Woman, especially today and for always.

The Privilege of Being a Woman

The Privilege of Being a Woman

By Love Refined: Letters to a Young BrideMan and Woman: A Divine Invention

By Love Refined: Letters to a Young BrideMan and Woman: A Divine Invention

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Woman and God’s Heart

My heart is a vast garden
Alive with ever expanding flowers
And you who read me, who hear me now
Is at the very heart, simply because you hear and listen
And open your heart to the dew gently gliding down your lips
From me who is love eternal . . . and now you know that we are one.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick and Woman

March 17, 2011 - St. Patrick Day

Since it is St. Patrick Day, I write here some of the things about this man of God and our common interest: honoring and loving woman in Christ. Anita McSorley writing for America, cited Thomas Cahill, Catholic author of the best-selling book How the Irish Saved Civilization, as asserting that St. Patrick is the first man after Christ to speak well of women. That is quite a revelation to me which knowledge I relish in my heart.

His Confession speaks of his unabashed, yet holy affection, admiration and commitment to specific, individual woman and all other women who in God's grace brought into his heart's embrace:

"And there was, besides, a most beautiful, blessed, native-born noble Irish [Scotta] woman of adult age whom I baptized; and a few days later she had reason to come to us to intimate that she had received a prophecy from a divine messenger [who] advised her that she should become a virgin of Christ and she would draw nearer to God. Thanks be to God, six days from then, opportunely and most eagerly, she took the course that all virgins of God take, not with their fathers’ consent but enduring the persecutions and deceitful hindrances of their parents. Notwithstanding that, their number increases, (we do not know the number of them that are so reborn) besides the widows, and those who practise self-denial. Those who are kept in slavery suffer the most. They endure terrors and constant threats, but the Lord has given grace to many of his handmaidens, for even though they are forbidden to do so, still they resolutely follow his example.

So it is that even if I should wish to separate from them in order to go to Britain, and most willingly was I prepared to go to my homeland and kinsfolk—and not only there, but as far as Gaul to visit the brethren there, so that I might see the faces of the holy ones of my Lord, God knows how strongly I desired this—I am bound by the Spirit, who witnessed to me that if I did so he would mark me out as guilty, and I fear to waste the labour that I began, and not I, but Christ the Lord, who commanded me to come to be with them for the rest of my life, if the Lord shall will it and shield me from every evil, so that I may not sin before him."

I dare say, St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Women.


So like St. Patrick, I want to gather here the names of Irish Women who were recognized and honored by those who know them well and better than I do.

Sayali Bedekar Patil has the following names in her list:

Mary Robinson - "always the first name in Ireland, when it comes to fighting for the disadvantaged and the polishing of Ireland's international profile."
She is featured in this blog as Woman of Global Heart

Grace O'Malley - a feared sea pirate, an adept sea farer, a shrewd trader and a knowledgeable Chieftain . . . visit the British Queen and not only got herself pardoned, but also earned in her, a good friend and ally."

Mary McAleese - "assumed Presidential office on November 11, 1997, and since November 19, 2005, she is the longest serving elected female, following Sri Lanka's Chandrika Kumaratunga's retirement."

Catherine Hayes - "international opera and concert singer in the 19th century! She was the first ever Irish born opera diva and the first ever opera star to tour Australia, in those days . . . boasts of her receiving an encore from Queen Victoria and her 500 odd guests, when she performed in Buckingham Palace, London, in 1849."

Catherine Tynan -"is said that she could write one novel in one month. . . has two anthologies, 105 popular novels and countless newspaper articles to her credit. She has even given 16 poetry collections, 5 plays, 7 devotional books, one book on her dogs and twelve short story collections as well. Her work can be easily distinguished from others, for her own unique blend of Catholicism and feminism."

Sister Sarah Clarke - 'better known as the 'Joan of Arc' of the English prisons for her dogged investigations of human rights abuses in British prisons. She is famous in the world for freeing all those wrongly convicted in the cases of 'Birmingham Six', 'Guildford Four', 'Maguire family' and 'Judith Ward'."

Obviously the list is incomplete; for more inspiring women the Daughters of Maeve: 50 Irish Women Who Changed the World pictured below should be every Irish Woman's resource.

Here below is Erin Kilgour's 10 Best Irish Female Singers:

1. Enya - "Ireland’s best-selling solo artist, even creating great waves in the U.S."

2. Dolores O’Riordan - "definitely one of the best female singers to come out of Ireland."

3. Sinead O’Connor - "known as one of the best Irish female singers of all time."

4. Cara Dillon - "A favorite of Irish folk, . . . has been singing a solo career to success since 2001, earning her place as a great Irish singer."

5. Luan Parle - "awarded the 2007 Meteor award, leading the charge among the best Irish female singers of today’s music world."

6. Andrea Corr - "Debuting in 1990 leading the Celtic folk rock/pop rock group The Corrs . . . Taking on a solo career in 2007 . . . and creating a name as one of the best female Irish singers around.

7. Moya Brennan - "one of Ireland's best female singers, and hosted and presented the most comprehensive documentary on Irish music featured on public television."

8. Juliette Turner - "a phenomenal Irish singer, with a history of opening up for great, well known artists such as U2, Bob Dylan, and even Brian Kennedy and Peter Mulvey."

9. Gemma Hayes - "In 2003, Gemma Hayes flooded the charts with “Night On My Side,”. . .continues to play and definitely has a collective fan base rooting for her."

10. Sharon Shannon - "An artist that has earned the distinction of being among Irelands greatest female singers . . .”

My very own list - Irish Woman Violinist:

Sharon Helga Corr
Máiréad Nesbitt
Fionnuala Sherry
Cora Venus Lunny
Eimear Bradley

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Woman is Love

Love is the essence of Woman.

It is also the essence of beauty in woman.

The truly beautiful woman is a wellspring of love.

It is the one that distinguishes the truly beautiful among celebrated beauty;

it is love in the true sense - life-giving, engendering life
in its myriad manifestations: joy, inspiration, kindness, courage, strength . . .
expansive, all-embracing of life and people.

You may say, you are only speaking of God.

But where else can we find the true essence of woman but in God!

The truly beautiful woman is divine.
Oh, woman, so beautiful, so divine . . . I love You!

Happy Valentines to All!

The Power of Love 
(Outstanding Book on Love)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Woman of Immense Power and Beauty

“I'm a being of immense power and breathtaking beauty created in the image of God.”

Beloved Woman, I see you as young and seemingly frail, but your tenderness indeed masked maturity and strength, energy and passion that radiate what you affirmed in faith and intuitive knowing. You are indeed a being of immense beauty and power.

Both beauty and power emerge from a realm deep within the heart and soul of woman. There is beauty and power in the heart and inner being first before they manifest outwardly. You are woman of beauty and strength because you have nurtured within your heart all the elements of beauty – grace, serenity, joy, inner poise, confidence, loving kindness and loveliness; and you have tamed energy and passion with courage, intentionality, resolution, determination and resiliency in the pursuit of goodness through active endeavor even amidst challenge and adversity. And it is all because you are rooted in the ground of eternal beauty and power - Jesus our Lord and God.

With the whole wide world before you I sing to you:

“Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream, follow every rainbow
Till your dream, comes true . . .”

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mary, Mother of God

Beloved Woman, Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of all, in union with the people of God, I honor you today as the woman I love above all the rest for you are most:









But most of all I honor you and love you because you are the Mother of God, Mother of Jesus, my Lord and my God (John 20:26-28).