“I have produced a man with the help of the Lord,” says Eve. Yet this strong woman also loves a man—whom she is called to support. John Paul II tells us that “the ‘perfect woman’ (Prov ) becomes an irreplaceable support and source of spiritual strength for other people, who perceive the great energies of her spirit” (). It is as though the capacity of women for spiritually intense relationships is rooted in their capacity for many and intense relationships in the natural world.” St.
John Paul II writes that the test of love is for both man and woman: can they learn to love each other as persons made in the image and likeness of God?
As soon as she looked at the tree, “she saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom” (Gen 3:6). We women are easily persuaded to overturn our original decision (in Eve’s case, her decision to obey God), in favor of the delights of the imagination: look at how attractive that tree is!
Surely it must also be excellent to eat and also, as the serpent said, excellent for wisdom (a good rationale for doing what I want).
“She would of been a good woman, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life,” says the Misfit, just after he kills the grandmother in Flannery O’Connor’s short story .