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Woman's Longing

Updated: May 31, 2021

"The deepest longing of a woman's heart is to give herself lovingly, to belong to another, and to possess this other being completely... But this surrender becomes a perverted self-abandon and a form of slavery when it is given to another person and not to God; at the same time it is an unjustified demand which no human being can fulfill... Only God can welcome a person's total surrender in such a way that one does not lose one's soul in the process but wins it. And only God can bestow Himself upon a person so that he fulfills that being completely and loses nothing of Himself in so doing. That is why total surrender is... the only adequate fulfillment possible for woman's yearning"

St. Edith Stein ~ Ethos of Woman's Professions

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