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.
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.
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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