Fernando: Woman

IT IS not good for man to be alone. This biblical line posits numerous interpretations but with all the ideas that come with it, a woman stands side by side with any man for both are equal in degree or in any aspect.

We celebrate women’s month this March. It’s a reminder to pay gratitude to the work of women in our lives. Our mother, wife, sisters, and daughters who brought color to our world. What life could it be without women? Even the almighty noticed that a man can never be completed without her. So there, Eve was created and mankind was born.

But women are not created only to make men feel complete. Both reciprocate each other. The weakness of the other is compensated or complimented by the strength of the other. They are made partners. Equal to their roles and same with their status. The dignity afforded to the man is the same to the woman. If a woman is commanded to obey her man, the man is directed to love his woman ‘til the end.

The strength of woman can never be underestimated. A man can be a mighty president or head of a company. He might be obeyed and even feared in the office. Yet when he comes home, he can only say yes to his wife.

A woman can become a head of a corporation or a country and fulfills her duties with efficacy. When she gets home, she is still willing to do the dishes and sing her children cradlesongs.

The heart of a warrior can only be tamed sometimes by the gentleness of a woman. He may be fierce and fiery in the field but soft in the company of his woman. For in the gentleness and serenity of a woman come a power that only the heart can understand.

Behind every man’s success is a woman. The same can be attributed to the contrary too. Men become successful because of the patience and understanding of their wives. A man gains progress because his woman gives him full support.

What is more satisfying to man than to come home to a home filled with love. It invigorates the spirit. It animates the soul. Blessed is the man with a truthful woman. Lucky is the man with a loving wife. Yet men and kingdom can fall with the rage of a woman.

Families can be broken at the hand of a disgruntled lady. Just as a woman is supreme in her positive influence, she can be dangerous as much as any powerful man in the world.

A woman provides light of the family. A mother accepts when the father rejects. She understands and forgives the mistakes of her children. She sacrifices her pleasures for the happiness of the family. With this comes true wisdom. It is the wisdom of following the law of love. It is the wisdom modelled by Mary, the greatest woman of time. It is following the dictates of the heart.

Just like when she tells us to “Do whatever He (Jesus) tells you.” (This was when Jesus performed the first miracle in the gospel of John).Listen to him and follow his commandments because life can only be meaningful with Him.

A woman embodies true strength. When the man oftentimes let himself overwhelm by emotions and decides without thinking, the woman resolves to calm down. “And she takes all of it to her heart,” says the scripture about Mary. Many women do not easily give up.

I just saw the movie “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and the lead character amazed me with the strength of her character. When all hope seemed lost, she just could not let it go. Justice must be given for the death of her daughter. Whether her means are right or wrong, I am not sure. Yet the strength of her will epitomizes how strong a woman can be.

Our new Binibinig Pilipinas winner Catriona Gray was asked by US Ambassador Sung Kim during the question and answer portion this: “After the devastating war, Marawi is now on its way to recovery. What is your message to the young women of Marawi?”

She answered, “My answer and my message to the women is to be strong. As women, we’re the head of the household and we have an amazing influence not only in our families, as mothers, sisters, and friends, but also in our community. If we could get the women to stay strong and be that image of strength for the children, then once the rebuilding is complete and is underway, the morale of the community will stay strong and high. Thank you.” It’s no wonder she was the favorite. She knows what sheís talking about.

A woman must therefore embrace her great role in rebuilding our communities and our country. She must not doubt her abilities. From the beginning, she has been created to fulfill what a man can’t do and there is half that a man can’t do because these are allotted to the working hands of a woman.

She must not feel inferior. She must find her voice to express her ideas. She must not be silenced. She must remain strong just what her creator is expecting of her. There is much to do and men are not so capable to do them all.

This month we recognize what women have done and what they will do in attaining the fullness of humanity. Whether by simply sweeping the floor or caressing a baby to sleep, a woman’s work is a work or art for it is a work of love. They deserve our love and respect. Let us give them what they deserve or we will not deserve them.
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