By Paulina French 

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world”  Hillary Clinton

“Within these various forms, I would stress too that the “genius of woman” is seen in feminine styles of holiness, which are an essential means of reflecting God’s holiness in this world. Indeed, in times when women tended to be most ignored or overlooked, the Holy Spirit raised up saints whose attractiveness produced new spiritual vigour and important reforms in the Church. We can mention Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Saint Bridget, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. But I think too of all those unknown or forgotten women who, each in her own way, sustained and transformed families and communities by the power of their witness.” (Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, 12)

Lord grant me the grace to value and appreciate women. Help me to recognise the very important role they play in our homes, places of work and society. Amen