Homemaking Is More Than Just Housekeeping

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Modern society views the Homemaker as self-entitled, lazy, inferior and illiterate.

It believes that a woman can only be empowered when she is in a high-flying career, breaking the corporate glass ceiling and smashing the patriarchy.  All, of course, at the expense of her family, marriage and kids.

What feminism and modern society fail to realise is that there is nothing wrong with women who feel the most empowered when they are serving their husbands and families as a homemaker and stay-at-home wife.

Young girls today are being conditioned to believe that having the aspiration to be a wife, homemaker or stay-at-home is ‘settling for less’

Nothing could be further from the truth than this.  Everything beautiful and sacred is formed within the home and family.

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Homemaking is not an inferior job, neither is it the default role for women without a prestigious degree.

Homemaking is not just the natural obligation of a Catholic wife, it is also a Biblical requirement.  So it makes me sad that in today’s age, where a lot of non-christian women are now resurrecting the Homemaker role, there are still Catholics who puff and huff and dig in their heels with regards to the topic of being a homemaker.
One so-called ‘traditional’ Catholic woman even labelled me an illiterate for my views on being a homemaker.

Today, there is a growing number of highly educated millennials that are bucking the working-mom trend and choosing to be housewives. Do these women look stupid or illiterate?  No.

A survey on career and job satisfaction revealed that stay-at-home-moms are more satisfied in their roles as homemakers than any other profession.

 

The above findings come as no surprise.  It is an honour to be given the job of keeping the home safe, clean, cared for, and welcoming.

Homemaking is more than housekeeping.  Homemaking takes into account the spiritual values: love, peace, tranquillity, harmony among family members, and the security of the family.

It makes the place of residence a spot to which family members can retire from a confused and troubled world, and find both understanding and rejuvenation.  Its character is quietness, good taste, culture and refinement.

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C.H Spurgeon said: “You are as much serving God in looking after your children, training them up in God’s fear, minding the house and making your household a church for God as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of Hosts”

Homemaking IS indeed a service and ministry to God.

St Martin de Porres, whose feast day it is today, is often depicted with a broom, which symbolised his humility and how he committed himself diligently to his daily menial tasks with love and patience.

Every act, every duty and every task that you perform within the home as a homemaker should be offered up to God and He would sanctify it, and bless both you and your family immensely.

St Martin de Porres once said: “EVERYTHING, even sweeping, scrapping vegetables, weeding a garden and waiting on the sick could be a prayer if it were offered to God.”

He is certainly right.  St Martin de Porres, ora pro nobis!

ad Jesum per Mariam

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ALSO, SEE:

The Homemakers’ Mentor    Courtship and Marriage and The Gentle Art of Homemaking

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6 thoughts on “Homemaking Is More Than Just Housekeeping

  1. I wish I could hug you. You speak to my heart with truth and it makes me happy to hear what you have said. Growing up I was taught by my mother to not follow the feminist movement, but school and later the working world disagreed. I’ve always wanted to follow what God has planned for me and when I was working, before I got married, I felt like I was waiting for my life to begin. No amount of job variety could satisfy me and when I tried to take jobs higher up the ladder the more miserable I was, voluntarily demoting myself to get away from the power struggles. When I finally got married at the age of 32 I still had to work for a while, as my husband did not understand the toll work took on my psyche. I yearned to stay home and get a little practice in homemaking in before we had our first child. I had a breakdown around my 7th month of pregnancy and my husband asked me if I wanted to stop working. I was so relieved I didn’t HAVE to work anymore. I was good at what I did but being married and being pregnant took all my motivation away. I had worked at that job for 10 years and I couldn’t stand working anymore. It was a very good job and the people were kind but it was far from my calling to be a wife and mother and my bones felt it. I can’t imagine the suffering some women must feel if they were like me, wanting to be home but having to work. I felt so bullied by feminism.

    Now, I’ve been home for seven years with four children to love and care for. My husband is stable and secure in his job and makes enough that I don’t have to work. We live frugally and my children share toys and bedrooms. We attend Mass and confession with constancy and devotion. Our children know God and I hope one day God will call them and that they will respond and follow.

    I still have no desire to seek work out. My place is at home and I hope I never have to leave it.

    Thank you

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    1. My story is in many ways similar except that it was always agreed that
      I would give up my job as soon as I fell pregnant, which happened very soon after our wedding. I have always wanted to be a SAHM and I believe that the overwhelming majority of women with children feel the same. What ever feminists try to force them into saying.

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  2. Thank you so much for creating this site. I needed to read what you had to say. I’m 29, I have a BA, and I have chosen to stay at home to home school my children and support my husband in the home. Encouragement for women like us seems few and far between. I don’t have any friends who live the way I live, and my relatives seem to think that my decision to be a stay-at-home mom/home schooler is a dumb mistake of sorts, rather than a legitimate choice. So, thank you for being a beacon of light in dark world. May God bless you.

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    1. My pleasure!!
      If you are on Facebook, join my TCF Facebook group- Traditional Catholic Femininity Sister Circle

      There are other women there in similar situation to you. You can get to interact and make friends with them.

      Plus, they are super nice and supportive too. God bless and hope to see you there!!

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