Theology professor Mary Stanford will join Inside the Vatican’s Writer’s and Reader’s Chats for a live discussion this coming Friday, August 12. The event, which will give people the opportunity to converse with Stanford live, comes on the heels of Stanford’s newest article on St. Edith Stein, which was published by Inside the Vatican.
Stanford, a popular speaker and author, delivered a timely reflection on St. Edith Stein this past month, looking to her example to understand the feminine. According to Stanford, St. Edith Stein articulated the truth of God’s design for woman — something desperately needed in today’s day and age.
“A person is a union of the physical and spiritual; as such, a woman’s physical capacities to accommodate and sustain another person only scratch the surface of her interior abilities to nurture others beyond herself,” writes Stanford. “Stein noted that women possess a unique capacity for intuition, empathy, and adaptability; she identified what John Paul II would later refer to as ‘the feminine genius’: a singular ability to pay attention to another person.”
Turning to the problems of today, Stanford identifies perhaps the greatest danger for women: “their desire to seek fulfillment in relationships, craving a personal bond at any cost.” Stanford explains that Stein recognized the need for women to seek affirmation through relationships, but recommended that women cultivate a foundational relationship with the Lord before all else.
Stanford will discuss all this, along with her upcoming book, The Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage, during her live chat on Inside the Vatican. Find out more here.