St. Anne & the War on Women

April 21, 2022

She shall not fear for her house in the cold of snow: for all her domestics are clothed with double garments.  She hath made for herself clothing of tapestry: fine linen, and purple is her covering.  Her husband is honourable in the gates, when he sitteth among the senators of the land.  She made fine linen, and sold it, and delivered a girdle to the Chanaanite.  Strength and beauty are her clothing, and she shall laugh in the latter day.  - Proverbs  31:21-25  

St. Anne is the mother of Mary, and grandmother of Jesus.  To be honest, I have never actually had a much of a devotion to St. Anne but today is her feast day which leads me to ask:

Why is St. Anne so important?   

A few years ago I might have said that St. Anne was important because she was the mother of Mary - and not been impressed.  Because, at that time in my life, I felt a little sorry for women who seemed to lose themselves in their children.  

And I very much wanted to be "more than a mother." 

Today, of course, I would be happy to go back and "just" be that.  But this post isn't about me, or at least not only about me.  It's about women and mothers why the enemy seems so determined to destroy us.

Back to the Garden

And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death.  For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods... - Genesis 3:4-5

I saw a headstone once in the cemetery where many of the members of my family are buried.  Beloved Wife, it said on the front.  And then on the back, engraved so lightly I almost missed it:

"And where Eve was, there was Eden."

How beautiful, I thought then.  But now I think, how true.

As woman, we have the power to create or destroy our homes - practically, emotionally and spiritually. Which is probably why God did not want Israelite men to marry foreign (pagan) women.  

It is also, in my opinion, why Satan has targeted women - going all the way back to the beginning.

The lie Satan told Eve was the lie that brought down a third of God's holy angels - a false promise that has been made over and over again by the occult, and the New Age, and the society we live in.  

And it keeps right on repeating, telling us we can attain wisdom and enlightenment by exalting ourselves - and that freedom from authority is the key to our glory.

A Modern Application

He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.  - John 8:44

The promise Satan made to Eve is a lie.  But it is persistent.

In modern society, the lie is shored up by things like abortion and divorce and the proliferation of single parent families - and all of this is destructive.  I know that first-hand because I got divorced when my youngest son was two and went on to head a single parent family.  Sadly, in many ways, my children have paid the price.

And they are not alone.

In a 2014 article by Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Jane Anderson cites multiple studies which identify the following challenges in children whose parents divorce:

  1. Lost time with each parent
  2. Decreased economic security
  3. Lose of emotional security
  4. Decreased social and psychological maturation
  5. Changes in outlook on sexual behavior
  6. Loss of religious faith and practice (Myers 1996)
  7. Decreased cognitive and academic stimulation
  8. Diminished physical health
  9. Increased risk of emotional distress

Dr. Anderson concludes by saying:
There are clearly negative long-term consequences of divorce—children, parents, and society all suffer. Wallerstein's long-term study shows that many children never have full “recovery” as each special event, holiday, or celebration reminds the child of his/her loss. Given these tremendous costs borne by all individuals affected by divorce, as well as the costs to society, it is the responsibility of physicians—especially pediatricians, who care for children in the context of their families—to advocate for public health policies that promote marriage and decrease the likelihood of divorce. - Dr. Jane Anderson, MD

So marriage and traditional approach to family is important. But what about St. Anne?

Interestingly, even though I am now a very different person, my opinion about St. Anne hasn't really changed.  I still think that St. Anne is important because she was a wife and a mother.  But I no longer see that as limiting.  

Instead, I understand that motherhood is the best part of God's plan for us and that therein lies grace.


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