Today, where we as Catholics celebrate the Assumption, Fr. Mark Noonan gave what is likely one of the most powerful sermons regarding the true dignity and worth of women using Mary, Blessed Virgin and Mother, as an example.
In Catholic tradition we believe that Mary’s heart was completely and purely dedicated to Our Lord and thus in return God preserved her free of the stain of original sin in order to sanctify her as Queen of the Prophets. Thus did Our Lord through elevate women to a status never before seen: from something to be possessed to something worth waiting for.
In this sermon he said that a guy who loves a woman should not say “I love you.” Any idiot can say that. A true man is one who says instead of “I love you” to a woman says “you are worth waiting for” and backs it up with his actions. St. Paul enjoins wives to be submissive to their husbands as Mary was submissive to Our Lord. In turn he also enjoins husbands to love their wives as Christ loves His Church. In this we have the true model of family, where the man of the house derives his authority from Christ and the woman of the house lives like Mary in many ways and submits herself to her husband’s authority unless his authority starts to become distinct un-Christ-like. It is then the woman’s moral duty to stand up and display her equal dignity and worth in Mary. It is then woman’s moral duty to correct her husband should he cease using Christ as the model of his authority.
The main message of Fr Mark Noonan and this blog is this: that women have a dignity and worth that like every other human being far surpasses the imperfect and sinful things of this world. Also, the true way to attract men is through woman’s quiet dignity and worth, not by having the woman behave in provocative ways. Oftentimes, when women dress provocatively the type of men they tend to attract have intentions that are less than honorable. When women begin to view themselves as having a dignity and worth that surpasses the world and all its carnal and base desires, and men begin to respect that dignity and worth of women, only then can true sexual freedom for both men and women exist.