Edith Stein on Women in the Priesthood

To lead is to serve and to love.

To lead is to serve and to love.

“This can, perhaps, lead us to the mysterious fact that God has not called women to the priesthood. On the one hand, this may be understood as punishment inasmuch as it was woman who first resisted the divine will. However, on the other hand, this can be considered as a special privilege of grace: that the Lord will never allow His consecrated bride stray from His side; that all power in His kingdom be due her, not through a delegated authority but through a loving union with Him. This is a symbol of that most intimate community of love into which He entered with a human being, union with His Mother.”

-Edith Stein, Spirituality of the Christian Woman

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