Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Holy Housewifery ~ Chapter 4

Chapter 4 ~ What the Old Man Does is Always Right

  • "A wife's faith in her husband begets faith in himself--if she believes in him and lets him know it, how can a man fail? Perhaps he will make wrong decisions and in the eye of the world be a flop financially or socially and never, never be invited to join the country club, but if he knows that this matters not a bit to his wife (who loves him for what he is, her sacramental lifeline), why, this is enough to make a Man out of a man!"
  • "A wife's obedience to her husband is not a blind subservience but a loving loyalty."
  • With the recent passing of my grandfather, this chapter gave me thoughts about the beauty of the Sacrament of marriage. My job as a wife is to build up my husband and believe in him. I need to help him grow closer to God by showing him my unconditional love for him. My grandparents were married almost 51 years. In a eulogy my Aunt Leslie gave, she mentioned that her dad built his home around her mom. The way my aunt described him was that he centered his life around serving my grandma. She said that her dad showed her what it meant to be a man through his example as a husband and father.
  • This chapter also reminded me of Ephesians 5 and how often it is misinterpreted. Women are to submit to their husbands. Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. How did Christ love the Church? - He gave his life for her! What woman would not want to submit to that kind of love?

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. You and your family are in our prayers. It sounds like he lived a very blessed life; there are few things more important than being a great husband and father.

    I am loving these chapter summaries. Each one is right on the mark and exactly what I need to hear. Can't wait to see the rest of your 'holy housewifery' tips. And we especially can't wait to be neighbors with the St. Hilaires soon! I'm so excited! :)