Fiat Feminism: Crushing It
With excitement flowing through my veins, I wanted to post my own picture and quote of my favorite women to celebrate. I could have posted my hard as nails, stalwart confirmation saint, Saint Joan of Arc, and her famous quote she said as being burned at the stake, “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.” I thought about posting a picture of my favorite saint, Saint Therese, and a quote about her little way. But what I REALLY wanted to post, and who I REALLY felt present in my bones yesterday, was Mary.
I wanted to post a picture of her crushing it!
When I hear #Timesup I am so proud of the power and the ferocity it represents when women finally say it. I think of so many epic stories of nations and women rising up against evil that has gone on too long. When I hear #Timesup, I always smile a little at how Mary said it in her own way to Jesus when she launched Him into public ministry and said, “they have no wine” and then urged the servants to “do whatever He tells you.” As if saying, “time’s up, Jesus, it’s GO time!” I also think of how Mary’s “Let it be done to me” was a buzzer on a game that had gone on too long. She was gutsy enough to dare to let God work in her and through her. That, my friends, is not passivity. That is receptivity. That is letting God MAGNIFY your feminine super powers. Because without these words, without this woman, our powers are only natural powers, and our world needs supernatural feminine powers right now.
God did not take her yes and strip her to a slave, He took her powers and amped them up, He took her strength and boosted it beyond any boundary anyone could normally face. He empowered her. He filled her. He entrusted the salvation of a world, the conquering of a villain, to her, and then crowned her the Rebel Queen of Eternity. So, yeah, her words sound wrong. But they are so right. And we need them today more than ever.
John the Baptist said in his own masculine way, “I must decrease so He can increase.” Men, that’s a call to humility and receptivity that will bring unheard of joy. Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” Women, that’s a call to get out of your fear to share your gifts with the world, stomp on false modesty, and believe you have something to offer. The Church needs you. God needs you to show Him to the world in your feminine ways! He also needs to you trust Him. Mary, when appearing on Tepeyac hill, hundreds of years ago, said, “Am I not here, I who am your mother?” Women, don’t be invisible. We need Christians to know you are here! We need your motherly power. We need the reflection of Mary in your willingness to rise up. Because, #Yesallwomen have strength, power, and dignity. And, #Yesallwomen have a mission given to them that only they can fulfill.
As we celebrate women, our untapped strengths, and our ridiculous power, may we not forget the most important Woman, her most important words, and her most important powers: humility, trust, and confidence in God. May we say, “Let it be done to me.” so that we too can “crush it!”