14 A Woman of Substance - Christina Mathias

posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:22 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 2:22 AM ]
A woman of substance is someone young girls and women today aspire to become! But do we really know what it means? Very often, it is mistaken to be a woman of perfection. Something so unattainable that we give up on being one. We just remain 'women' living in a society. An individual who always has to 'fit in' and adjust, tolerate and follow the norms set for them. At this point, I am reminded of one woman who believed in educating young girls to become 'women who will transform their society, and not just fit into it.' She is none other than our very own foundress, St Claudine Thevenet.

Like Claudine, we must become women who have a positive influence on others; someone with a sense of purpose and integrity, who chooses her own path and takes responsibility for her actions; someone strong in her convictions, and who is never afraid of challenges; a person whose presence will change the lives of others for the better. Such a woman will exuberate confidence, power and have a 'class' of her own, 'substance' of her own. All this can only be achieved by being a value-based individual.

In today's society with different ideologies, our value system is degenerating. The mindset of the people is changing, and moral values are declining at a fast pace. We must make a prudent choice where our values are concerned. 200 years ago, Claudine made her choice. We can all follow the values she stood by, be it courage, forgiveness, freedom, simplicity, justice or gratitude, which still hold good today.

All of us can be 'a woman of substance'. For this, we have to first accept ourselves, embrace our individuality, and be happy with the way we are. The pressure put on women in today's society is immense, but we have to be strong and stand tall, just like Claudine did.

We have to use our voice at the right time. God has given us the power of speech. We must use it constructively and fight for our rights, against injustice done to us. Very often, we as women use our voices to gossip, criticise others and pull people down, but when it comes to speaking up for a cause, we back out. Where does this 'voice' of ours disappear?