Who shall find a valiant woman
Who shall find a valiant woman? Proverbs The thoughts of the just are judgments: and the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. Proverbs He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked. Proverbs House and riches are given by parents: but a prudent wife is properly from the Lord. Ruth Fear not therefore, but whatsoever thou shalt say to me I will do to thee.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: What Is a Proverbs 31 Woman? (Proverbs 31:10-31) How to Be a Virtuous Woman
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Far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her. The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no need of spoils. She will render him good, and not evil, all the days of her life….
It is amazing what a difference holiness can make in the world. In the Providence of God, situations that seem humanly impossible to resolve are sometimes remedied by individuals who are simply trying to live holy lives in the circumstances in which God has placed them.
We are going to consider here three saints, all women of the early Church, whose influence changed the course of history for the better. Helena , St. Monica , and St. Pulcheria — they touched three centuries, but none lived at the same time; each one entered eternity before the next one was born. All three of our saints were married. Helena and Monica were mothers and eventually widows. Pulcheria retained her vow of virginity even in the married state and lived the life of a nun while in the world.
Two were empresses: St. Helena rising to that office by unlikely circumstances, while St. Pulcheria was born into the imperial family.
But regardless of position, each of the three proved to be a valiant woman whose holiness was far-reaching. As we shall see, because of these three women: the Age of the Catacombs was brought to an end and the Roman Empire converted; heresy was condemned and truth expounded clearly for future generations; the Church obtained one of her greatest theologians; the Holy Cross upon which Jesus Christ wrought our redemption was found and duly venerated; holy places trod by Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were honored; alms and works of charity were performed for the love of God; and countless souls would be edified by their example throughout the ages.
Before the last one of them died St. John in A. In 64 A. The result was that, over the next two hundred and fifty years, there was a tremendous outpouring of Christian blood in ten major persecutions. The brutality and hatred shown against the unoffending Christians was such that it was evident that hell was throwing all its power at the infant Church in an effort to crush it before it could win many souls to Christ.
Alphonsus Maria de Liguori tells us there were eleven million Catholics martyred for the Faith during the persecutions. So powerful did the enemies of Christianity appear, that the conversion of the Empire from paganism to the True Faith would have seemed utterly impossible to anyone who was living at the time, except those trusting in the Providence of God to bring about such a miracle. Our Lord was with the suffering members of His Mystical Body. It would seem that Almighty God adopted this means to give His infant Church publicity and a sign of the stamp of divinity.
Helena was one of these souls won by the blood of the martyrs. Born around the middle of the third century, she was contemporary with the last four major persecutions.
About , she married Constantius Chlorus, a Roman commander descended from the noble Flavian family. Both were pagan. Helena and Constantius loved each other and their first married years were happy ones, made even more joyous by the birth of Constantine. The couple undoubtedly planned and dreamed of a promising career for both father and son.
That dream was partially fulfilled but only at the tremendous heartache of Helena. After Diocletian became Emperor in , he divided the leadership of the Empire between two main rulers augusti and two lesser rulers caesars.
Also, the children of the caesars were to be swapped as hostages. Thus Constantine, whose first formation was in the hands of his loving mother, was also taken away from the heartbroken Helena and sent to the palace of the wicked Galerius.
We can only guess what sufferings these losses caused our saint. It could well have broken a weaker woman. Suffering, however, strengthened the soul of Helena, much as gold is tried by fire. While Helena was bearing her cross, so was the early Church. Caesar Galerius was the real drive behind the tenth and worst persecution. But the drive behind him was a woman: his mother, Romula, who had a fanatical hatred of Christianity. By means of such treachery, he succeeded in goading Diocletian into issuing the Edicts of Persecution of and , which were put into effect in all the Empire except the provinces controlled by Constantius Chlorus Britain, Gaul, and Spain.
Alban Butler tells us that when Constantius received the edicts, he gave the Christians among his officers and household the choice of sacrificing to the pagan gods or losing their posts and his favor.
To the surprise of all, he discharged the apostates saying that persons so self-interested and treacherous to their God could not be depended upon. But those who had remained steadfast in the Faith, Constantius kept near him as his most trusted confidants.
In , Galerius forced Diocletian and Maximian to abdicate simultaneously, thus raising himself and Constantius to the title of augustus. Instead of making Maxentius son of Maximian and Constantine caesars, he installed two of his friends. Constantine was in an extremely precarious position, for his very existence was a threat to Galerius. Galerius was furious; things were not going according to his plan.
Constantine had escaped his clutches and within a short time no fewer than seven persons were vying for power in the Empire. That Constantine, the only one of this brutal crowd favorable to Christianity, could become sole ruler should be clear proof that St.
Stricken with venereal disease, his body began to decay and was filled with worms so that the stench was unbearable even beyond the palace. The edict was received with joy by the Christians and brought some reprieve, but was largely ignored.
Galerius died miserably a few days afterward. The most formidable rival seeking to undo Constantine was the cruel, unpopular Maxentius who was in command of Rome and who continued to persecute Catholics. He was an excellent commander, well-liked, and possessed a purity of morals unusual for one in his position at the time. Knowing how much was at stake, Constantine, still pagan, humbled himself and prayed fervently to the God of the Christians.
He was answered spectacularly. Early one afternoon in the year , Constantine and his forces saw in the sky a cross surmounted by the words, In hoc signo vinces! This they did, and the standard thus fought under has been known ever since as the Labarum. The battle began on October 28, about nine miles outside the city of Rome at a spot called Saxa Rubra Red Rocks , where the Tiber River formed a horseshoe shape.
Maxentius put the strongest part of his army, a heavily armed cavalry on horseback called the cataphracti , in the center. Constantine, in a wise strategic maneuver, drew the cataphracti out of formation, then defeated them with heavy maces. Hemmed in by the river and the terrain, they panicked and fled toward the Milvian Bridge and another hastily thrown up pontoon bridge which they hoped to cross to get back within the walls of the city. But the pontoon bridge collapsed under the weight of so many fleeing troops.
Maxentius was one of the many who, in heavy armor, sank and was drowned. Vastly outnumbered, Constantine, with the protection of the True God, had triumphed and was welcomed into the city the following day, amid the shouts and acclaim of the people.
Known as the Battle of Milvian Bridge, this victory in is one of the decisive battles of history. In , he signed the famous Edict of Milan which granted Catholics the freedom to practice their Faith.
Later, in , he would defeat his final rival, Licinius, and become sole Emperor. One of his first acts following Milvian Bridge was to proclaim Helena Empress of his armies and provinces. Thus, his dear mother, whom he had always esteemed, directed her motherly instincts to the good of the Empire. Unlike Constantine, who put off his baptism to the end of his life he was baptized on his deathbed in , Helena entered the Church soon after the victory over Maxentius.
Her biographers say that her faith and holy zeal were incomparable and that she enkindled the same fire in the Roman people. We are told that her greatest delight was to assist at Mass, where she always wore plain attire. Butler says that she was fervent, zealous, and edified the Church by her example as her son labored to exalt it by his authority. Helena distributed alms among the poor, performed various charities, enriched and restored churches, and built new ones.
We are told that she especially loved to wait upon religious as their servant at table. Under her influence, the Lateran palace was given to the Bishop of Rome, and Constantine passed a number of laws reflecting Christian convictions. Eager to venerate the places made sacred by Our Lord, and yearning to find the actual Cross upon which He merited our Redemption, Helena, at age seventy-six, journeyed to Palestine in A.
Years before, the Emperor Hadrian had put a mound of earth on Calvary and built a temple there to the goddess Venus. Helena ordered the temple destroyed and the dirt removed by her workmen. After much digging, to the joy of all, three crosses were found. Miraculous means would be needed to find out. Rufin says that the Empress prayed aloud as the Bishop of Jerusalem, Macarius, applied the crosses to a woman who was dying and also to a boy with a crippled arm.
Two of the crosses had no effect, but the third cured them instantly. Thus it was determined which was the Holy Cross. She burned with an earnest desire of touching the remedy of immortality. Part of the Cross was given to Bishop Macarius and covered in a rich silver case. This was placed in the new church the Empress had erected on Mt. The rest of the Cross was sent to Constantine at Constantinople, where it was venerated.
Part of this was later sent to Rome, where it is kept in the Basilica of the Holy Cross. Four nails, the spear, and the inscription on the Cross were also found. These were distributed throughout Christendom. Empress Helena had two other magnificent churches erected in the Holy Land: one on Mt.
Olivet, the site of the Ascension, and another in Bethlehem. She also had a Church constructed in Fostat, Egypt, the town where St. In addition, Helena had a convent for holy virgins built at Jerusalem.
Three Valiant Women
A reading from the second Book of Maccabees 2 Mac Judas, the ruler of Israel, took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought.
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Post a Comment. I came accross this book, and so I thought I'd share bits and pieces of it with y'all from time to time. It's a series of talks given by the Archbishop of Rheims for the married women of his parish in the mid 's. He takes the Valiant Woman passage from Proverbs and goes through it in depth, line by line, from start to finish. I hope you enjoy it! Although strength of character is not generally considered a prevailing quality in women, it does not thence follow that women are devoid of force and courage. But who shall find a valiant woman? She who can draw from stores of never-failing courage the necessary energy to make head against the difficulties of her position, its daily worries, hourly anxieties, and ever-recurring contradictions and disappointments.
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A remarkable connection between the book of Proverbs and the world of work occurs at the end of the book. Lady Wisdom, who we meet at the beginning of the book Prov. The book of Proverbs is summarized, then, in a poem praising a woman who is the wise manager of diverse enterprises ranging from weaving to wine making to trade in the market. But these terms fail to capture the element of strength or might present in the underlying Hebrew word chayil. In a great majority of its appearances in the Old Testament, it applies to fighting men e.
I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. As the chosen of God, then, the holy people whom he loves, you are to be clothed in heartfelt compassion, in generosity and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another.
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Parallel Translations The Amplified Bible A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman--who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. The Complete Jewish Bible Who can find a capable wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. Darby's Translation Who can find a woman of worth?
Что же случилось утром. - Я все рассказал лейтенанту. - Я с ним говорил, но… - Надеюсь, вы отчитали его как следует! - воскликнул Клушар. Беккер кивнул: - Самым решительным образом. Консульство этого так не оставит. - Надеюсь. - Месье Клушар.
Пять секунд. Шесть секунд. - Утечка информации.
Сердечный приступ. Беккер безучастно кивнул: - Так мне сказали. Лейтенант вздохнул и сочувственно помотал головой.
Этих слов я и ждала от. Он пожал плечами: - Как только мы получим ключ, я проинформирую директора. Сьюзан не могла не поразить идея глобального прорыва в области разведки, который нельзя было себе даже представить.
Его глаза не отрывались от губ Клушара. Он еще раз сжал его руку, но тут наконец подбежала медсестра.
Беккер был доволен. Ложь подействовала: бедняга даже вспотел. - Че-че-го же вы хотите? - выдавил он заикаясь. - Я ничего не знаю.
Он был совсем один и умирал естественной смертью. - Странно, - удивленно заметил Смит. - Обычно травматическая капсула не убивает так. Иногда даже, если жертва внушительной комплекции, она не убивает вовсе. - У него было больное сердце, - сказал Фонтейн.
Смит поднял брови. - Выходит, выбор оружия был идеальным.
Откроет ли он вовремя дверцу кабины. Но, приблизившись к освещенному пространству открытого ангара, Беккер понял, что его вопросы лишены всякого смысла.
Внутри не было никакого лирджета.