And ain’t I a woman?
That little man in black there say a woman can’t have as much rights as a man ‘cause Christ wasn’t a woman.
Where did your Christ come from?
From God and a woman.
Man had nothing to do with him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, all alone,
together women ought to be able to turn it right side up again.

From ‘Ain’t I A Woman?’
Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was a black slave,
who made this speech at the Women’s Rights Convention in Ohio in 1852.

Prayer for the day
May God bless you
with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you
with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you
with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you
with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
Sr. Ruth Fox, OSB

Luke 1:46-55
Points for Prayer
We pray today
for all who work for justice
for law-makers and judges
for peace-makers, peace-keepers and agencies working for those in need
for women subject to gender-based violence, and those who offer safe refuge

The WATCH Prayer
Gracious, loving Lord,
we look forward with hope and joyful anticipation
to the time when
men and women
can serve you,
and all people,
equally in every task
within your Church.
Thank you that every position held
and task done
is valued by you
and furthers
your mission on earth.
Thank you Lord
for hearing our prayer.