The image of the Mother of God demonstrates the basic spiritual attitude which corresponds to woman’s natural vocation; her relation to her husband is one of obedience, trust, and participation in his life as she furthers his objective tasks and personality development; to the child she gives true care, encouragement, and formation of his God-given talents; she offers both selfless surrender and a quiet withdrawal when unneeded. All is based on the concept of marriage and motherhood as a vocation from God; it is carried out for God’s sake and under His guidance.
Saint Edith Stein
to the child she gives true care
Essays On Woman The Collected Works of Edith Stein, Book 2 (p. 48) ICS Publications, Washington DC © Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites, Inc.