Edith Stein believed that before we can carry out our specific roles and fulfill our God-given vocations, we need to “first become a person!... Before a woman can become wife and mother in a positive way, she must first mature in her own self-possession. Although woman longs to love and receive love, she must also become strong enough to be a true gift to another.”
It seems to me that this statement is a clarion call for our times: Woman, know thyself. One biographer of Edith said it another way: “Before they can be ready to assist others, women first need to be securely anchored in their own depths.” Because the very essence of our vocation as women is self-donation, the truth is clear that we cannot give away what we do not possess. What we need to possess is an inherent and soul-deep understanding of our dignity and worth as women in the eyes of God. We are not simply speaking of a psychological acceptance, but of a spiritual maturity that blossoms and bears fruit through the contemplation of our vocation as women as an outpouring of our intimate, loving relationship with Jesus Christ.