The Selfless Heart…Virtue of a true Beauty.
Woman’s entire existence, in order to be a source of happiness to others as well as to herself, must be one of self-sacrifice. The first step in this royal pathway to all goodness and greatness, is to forget self. Self, with its miserable little cares and affections, is the root of all wretchedness we cause to others, and all the misery we endure ourselves. Every effort we make to forget self, to leave self behind us, and to devote ourselves to the labor of making every person which whom we live with, happy, is rewarded by inner satisfaction and joy. The first step to becoming unselfish is to forget one’s own pains and suffering, in order to alleviate those of others.
What we need most, are benevolent wives, mothers and sisters in the dwellings of our over-burned laborers. We need women for whom the roof above them and four walls which enclose their dear ones are the only world they care to know. We need women who set their hearts on making their homes pleasant, sunny, and fragrant for their husband. He who works from dawn till dusk for the little home and the wife and babes, looks forward to the warm welcome that awaits him when the long day is over; of the bright smile and the loving words that will be sure to greet him when he crosses the threshold of his own little Eden; of the cheerful fire in winter and the humble meal made so delicious by the love that prepares it and the sweet words that season it. The rest, security, and peace will encourage the overflowing heart of the husband and father and brother to think and to say there is no spot of earth so dear and so blessed as the little sanctuary built up and adorned and made full of song by a true woman’s heart.
O woman, if you only knew how much you have it in your ability, with Christ’s unfailing assistance, to make true men of your chosen husband and sons, as well as true women of the little girls who will someday fill your apron.
The matrimonial union has its model in the union of Christ with his Church. His great love for her is the type of great and self-devoting love which husband and wife should ever have for each other. Did you ever reflect, that when you put your hand in your husband’s hand before the Church – giving him your heart and your life till death – that God has promised to be ever by the side of those who believe and trust in Him. Such grace enables you to love your husband more and more daily, with a deeper and a holier love, taking up his cross courageously, and cheering him to labor and to suffer, because you both know that God is ever with you.
No matter how poor the woman’s home is or how hard her husband’s lot, the true, selfless woman will cheer his heart, and so lighten his burden. May the quote of Shakespeare be constantly on her tongue:
“My heart is ever at your service.”
Daughters of Destiny