Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Ladies

St. Clare's feast day is today. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) had hers Tuesday. With my amateur knowledge of the saints, I'd say these are two pretty important women saints. If I'm correct, St. Clare was the first woman to have an order named - formally or otherwise - after her. Plus I just read about her exchanges with Pope Gregory IX. She was a stubborn and fiesty little nun, wasn't she? And isn't St. Teresa the only female saint to hold a PhD? Not too shabby. I hope her enthusiasm for women's studies and philosophy will provide some much-needed saintly guidance for those two disciplines which are too often used to attempt to corrupt the minds of unsuspecting college students.