The Evangelizing Role of Women
In this Year of Faith, it is fitting that we reflect on the completely indispensable role of women in the task of this new evangelization that the Church through the Pope and Bishops are asking of each baptized Christian. Let me start with my own personal reflections. Next to the role of my own mother and paternal grandmother who taught me how to pray and showed me by example how to practise the acts of piety that are part of a normal Christian life, I must recognize the part that women religious played in initiating me to, using the words of St. Josemaria Escriva, "seek Christ, find Christ and love Christ." My first consciousness of the religious life came from nuns of the Holy Ghost who were running the parish school in the town of Sto. Tomas, Batangas before the Japanese occupation. When I was barely three, my mother would bring me to the convent and I was fascinated by the unique headdress that they would wear. These nuns all perished as quasi-martyrs when they were buried alive during the bombings that took place during the so-called liberation of the Philippines in 1945.