Monday, February 21, 2011

Lifeteen, Mary, and Purity

I've been assisting with a Lifeteen group in Houston, TX since my move from Louisiana.  Each Life Night, ends in small groups with a journal question for the teens.  Last week I gave the question, "How should your view of Mary influence the way in which you view women?"  I quickly became tired of the thoughtless answers I received: as a mother, as a sister, as an individual.  The answer weren't bad, but I wanted to get to the heart of the matter.  For nearly every journal, I replied back the teens with the following:

We wouldn't call Mary, Virgin most Pure, Mother of God, "hot", "sexy", or say she has a "nice butt."  So why do we so often do this to other women we know?  Women are not degrees of temperatures ranging from hot to cold.  Women are not objects put on earth for our mere sexual gratification.  Women are not things for us to ogle over and stare at for our viewing pleasure.  Made in the image and likeness of God, women are persons to be respected and loved.

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