Local luminary (lucky us!) Anthony Esolen has a lovely piece on the persistence of nature to reassert itself, despite the world's efforts to pave it over (literally). The premise of the topic was the contemporary effort to depersonalise intimacy, to masque our humanity, and to separate morality from the deepest questions we face, as illustrated by the modern university campus. In the face of all the temptations, one good soul broke through the darkness:
One of their questions remains with me still, as much for its content as for the person who asked it, and the manner in which she asked. “How can we women help our men to avoid or to overcome this evil? What can we do to help them be better men?”
Suppose a man walking for years and years on an endless stretch of gray, nothing but asphalt and rubble and dust, mile after monotonous mile; if he should suddenly see a crocus poking through the rocks, spreading its humble yellow bloom to the air; or should hear a trickle of fresh water spilling over a tumbled ruin; with the same grateful heart I greeted that question, the like of which I have not heard from a college student or a professor in thirty years. The question was asked with love, not scorn; with admiration for men as men.
Dear friends, that is the heart of our vocation. Since a woman's vocation is to receive the human person, she is likewise called to direct each person to his supernatural end. As an icon of the Church, each woman is charged with using her spiritual motherhood to lead souls to Christ, in Whom they are transformed and renewed.
For guidance in such matters, both books deal with the specific details: The Authentic Catholic Woman and Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman's Guide to Forgiveness. Let's begin to sunder the dark asphalt with the light of femininity well-lived!