I am praying for God's blessing on all who are taking part in the Fourth
World Conference on Women in Beijing. I hope that this conference Will
help everyone to know, love and respect the special place of women in
God's plan so that they may fulfill this plan in their lives.
I do not understand why some people are saying that women and men are
exactly the same, and are denying the beautiful differences between
mer and women. All God'o gifts are good., but they are not all the same.
As I often say to people who tell me they would like to serve tbe poor
as I do, "What I can do, you cannot. What you can do, I cannot.
But together we can do something beautiful for God." It is just
this way with the differences between women and men.
God has created each one of us, every human being, for greater things
-- to love and to be loved. But why did God make some of us men and
others women? Because a woman's love is one image of the love of God,
and a man's love is another image of God's love. Both are created to
love, but each in a different way. "Woman and man complete each
other, and together show forth Gods love more fully than either
can do alone.
That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly
when sbe becomes a mother.. Motherhood is the gift of God to women.
How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gif that brings such
joy to the whole world, women and men alike ! Yet we can destroy this
gift of motherhood, especially by the evil of abortion, but also by
thinking that other things like jobs or positions are more important
than loving, than giving oneself to others. No job, no plans, no possessions,
no idea of "freedom" can take the place of love. So anything
that destroys God's gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift
to women - the ability to love as a woman.
God told us, "Love your neighbour as yourself." So first I
am to love myself rightly, and then to love my neighbour like that.
But how can I love myself unless I accept myself as God has made me?
Those who deny the beautiful differences between men and women are not
accepting tbemselves as God bas made them, and so cannot love the neighbour.
They will only bring division, unhappiness and destruction of peace
to the world. For example, as I have often said, abortion is the greatest
destroyer of peace m the world today, and those "ho want to make
women and men the sam are all in favour of abortion.
Instead of death and sorrow, let us bring peace and joy to the world.
To do this we must beg God for His gift of peace and learn to love and
accept each other as brothers and sisters, children of God. We know
that the best place for children to learn how to love and to pray is
in the family, by seeing the love and prayer of their mother and father.
When families are broken or disunited, many children grow up not knowing
how to love and pray. A country where many families have been destroyed
like this will have many problems. I have often seen, especially in
the rich countries, how children turn to drugs or other things to escape
feeling unloved and rejected.
But when familles are strong and united, children can oee God's special
love in the love of their father and mother and can grow to make their
country a loving and prayerful place. The child is God's
best gift to the family and needs both mother and father because each
one shows God's love in a special way. The family that prays together
stays together, and if they stay together they will love one another
as God has loved each one of them. And works of love are always works
So let us keep the joy of loving in our hearts and share this joy with
all we meet, My prayer for all of the delegates, and for every woman
whom the Beijing Conference is trying to help, is that each one may
be humble and pure like Mary so as to live in love and peace with one
another and make our families and our world something beautiful for
Let us pray.
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