DAY FIVE: Seven Days of Wisdom for Mothers

Historian Caroline Walker Bynum has observed in her book Holy Feast and Holy Fast that “women’s symbols express contradiction and opposition less than synthesis and paradox” (1988, p. 289). There is in feminine sensibility a movement toward union rather than disengagement.

Yet women’s complex, real lives in the physical world make achieving the positive values of synthesis and union difficult. Connection with others in harmony, in the midst of the many challenges of physical existence, is a goal and a vision that can be achieved only through hard-won discipline and clear thinking.

Women’s wisdom consists of understanding and application of appropriateness within a context.

—From Becoming Flame: Uncommon Mother-Daughter Wisdom by Isabel Anders.


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