What inspired Women of Hope?
One day I was sharing my dreams and hopes of what I want to do for women with a girlfriend of mine who happens to be a Catholic Life Coach. She encouraged me to jot everything down that was in my heart. That night I was sitting on my bed reading Blessed Pope Paul VI address to women in 1965 for the 200th time. I began jotting down words which inspired me, words that represented change for me in my life. I began pondering on the woman I am today and the woman I hope to be. I then began searching for images that would go with the words and with the address to women in 1965.
I created this poster that you see above at first for myself. It became for me my "ACTION BOARD" representing everything that I am today and everything that I am striving for in my own life. I found that the more I talked with my girlfriends and showed them my action board, I saw that this poster became their poster. Blessed Pope Paul VI address to women in 1965 has changed my life and inspired the poster you see above.
Almighty God has blessed and graced me with some of the most beautiful women in my life beginning with my mother and sister who inspire, encourage, and lift me up. I have truly been blessed with some of the most beautiful and holy friendships. God has surrounded me with strong women who have forever made their own Marian imprints on my heart.
Inspired by Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, I want to walk the journey with other women in searching for the truth in our lives and together by God's grace be able to live in Authentic Freedom. Years ago, a priest told me to pray for the grace of HOPE in my own life. Armed with this address of Blessed Pope Paul VI pressed to my heart I understood how vital it is that I myself be HOPE for others. In September of 2017, the Holy Spirit led me to Our Lady of Hope who says she comes as the Madonna of the Crucifix and that Hope is through prayer and the cross. I saw the beautiful connection and how in everything that I do in my life the Holy Spirit continues to lead me to the Cross. And thus Women of Hope was born.
Join me now my dear sisters in Christ as spiritual daughters of Blessed Pope Paul VI in responding with a resounding YES to Holy Mother Church, in living a life of HOPE and bringing God's HOPE to others. Could you not hear the Clarion Call from Heaven? Heaven holds its breath for our resounding fiat. Together we will also help one another in living a balanced life and taking care of our bodies through healthy habits striving to be the best version of ourselves. We will help one another by God's grace to be not only spiritually strong, but physically, emotionally and mentally strong. This is Women of Hope.
I dedicate Women of Hope to Blessed Pope Paul VI, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Saint Mary Magdalene who are giants in my life. And to our beautiful mother in heaven, "Our Lady of Hope" everything that we do for the Glory of God will be through your most Immaculate Heart and placed in your loving care. You are our HOPE. And lastly Women of Hope is dedicated to all women especially women who feel that they have lost hope in their own lives. How so very important it is to have HOPE in our own lives. Let us be the HOPE and LIGHT we want to see in the world. Together we can by God's grace.
With Holy Affection,
Inspiration for Women of Hope
ADDRESS OF POPE PAUL VI
8 December 1965
And now it is to you that we address ourselves, women of all states—girls, wives, mothers and widows, to you also, consecrated virgins and women living alone—you constitute half of the immense human family. As you know, the Church is proud to have glorified and liberated woman, and in the course of the centuries, in diversity of characters, to have brought into relief her basic equality with man. But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is under-going so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.
You women have always had as your lot the protection of the home, the love of beginnings and an understanding of cradles. You are present in the mystery of a life beginning. You offer consolation in the departure of death. Our technology runs the risk of becoming inhuman. Reconcile men with life and above all, we beseech you, watch carefully over the future of our race. Hold back the hand of man who, in a moment of folly, might attempt to destroy human civilization.
Wives, mothers of families, the first educators of the human race in the intimacy of the family circle, pass on to your sons and your daughters the traditions of your fathers at the same time that you prepare them for an unsearchable future. Always remember that by her children a mother belongs to that future which perhaps she will not see.
And you, women living alone, realize what you can accomplish through your dedicated vocation. Society is appealing to you on all sides. Not even families can live without the help of those who have no families. Especially you, consecrated virgins, in a world where egoism and the search for pleasure would become law, be the guardians of purity, unselfishness and piety. Jesus who has given to conjugal love all its plenitudes, has also exalted the renouncement of human love when this is for the sake of divine love and for the service of all.
Lastly, women in trial, who stand upright at the foot the cross like Mary, you who so often in history have given to men the strength to battle unto the very end and to give witness to the point of martyrdom, aid them now still once more to retain courage in their great undertakings, while at the same time maintaining patience and an esteem for humble beginnings.
Women, you do know how to make truth sweet, tender and accessible; make it your task to bring the spirit of this council into institutions, schools, homes and daily life. Women of the entire universe, whether Christian or non-believing, you to whom life is entrusted at this grave moment in history, it is for you to save the peace of the world.