From The Authentic Catholic Woman:
With all of that said and the foundations laid for a living out a rich faith, it remains for us to find the model for women, which will help them not only to be truly Catholic but to be truly feminine and distinct from men. This requires a template with two important attributes: it must be universal enough to include all women and tangible enough to have firm meaning for every woman. Beyond that, it has to be able to highlight the fundamental equality and complementarity of the sexes while avoiding all stereotypes. It cannot contain within it the temptation to look backwards for the wrong reasons, be limited culturally so as to exclude any corner of the globe (thus it must be able to separate essentials characteristics from the accidentals), or be limited spiritually. Two thousand years of Church history have revealed myriad valid charisms and the possibility must be left open to welcome as many more legitimate expressions of faith in the future. In all, what we are seeking is a universal template that it is truly catholic and available to women of all times and places.
As hard as it is to imagine, that paradigm does exist: it is the Church herself—the bride of Christ, born from His side on the Cross, whose ministers were commissioned on Pentecost to bring the Gospel to all peoples. In the very first weeks of his pontificate, Pope John Paul II noted that,
The Church of Jesus Christ and of the Apostles is at the same time a Church that is Mother and Spouse. These biblical expressions clearly reveal how deeply the mission of women is inscribed in the mystery of the Church. And may we discover together the many-sided significance of this mission—going hand in hand with the world of women today, and basing ourselves on the riches which from the beginning the Creator placed in the heart of Women (address given at Church of Saint Sopra Minerva, 5Nov1978).
The above excerpt encompasses all my writings on the topic of authentic femininity, which is founded on the paradigm of women imaging the Church. On the left you will find columns and articles written over many years. Enjoy!