Psalm for Women

This prayer is in the Catholic women’s devotional Bible that I have, and I just love it!

Divine Wisdom, out of love and compassion

You created me and called me ‘woman’

bone of bones and flesh of flesh

companion and partner with man.

You created me in your own image to be fruitful,

and to fill the earth with life,

leading, ordering, and empowering the created universe,

together with holy women and men, created and infused

with Your spirit of love.

You have drawn me into a web of woven threads

with the ancient ones Eve and Esther, Ruth and Naomi,

Sarah and Rebecca. You have drawn me into a sisterhood

of pieces and patterns designed by holy women

Mary and Elizabeth, Martha of Bethany and Mary Magdalene,

Priscilla and Lydia. You have drawn me into a kinship

with the wild, daring, holy women whose lives flavor my own

Therese of Lisieux and Catherine of Siena, Clare of Assisi and Teresa of Avila

Margaret of Hungary and Bridget of Kildare.

You have drawn me into a union with the wise women

of my own time and culture

Dorothy Day and Thea Bowman

Mother Teresa and Edith Stein

Simone Weil and Catherine de Hueck Doherty.

In their company I will spring up, blossom and grow

into the woman of wisdom You have molded and formed

from the beginning of time.

— Carol Gura

Which Christian/Catholic woman do you feel most inspired by? Who do you most relate to? Is this a prayer you’d say for your daughter?

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  • Jennifer

    I love this! “In their company I will spring up, blossom and grow into the woman of wisdom.” Those words are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to write this down. :)

  • Joy

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am currently reading “Interior Castle” after wanting to for years and really enjoying it ~ and now wanting to know more about Teresa of Avila.

  • That Married Couple

    Very neat prayer! I don’t know that I have a single woman that I really look up to. I think it would be good if I did, though!

    One thing I’m looking forward to when we have children is getting some big books of saints and going through them all together. I’m hoping that we’ll all learn to love the saints together.

  • Maggie

    I love love love this!

    P.S. I left you an award at my blog!

  • Rae

    Of those listed, I have been especially inspired by Teresa of Avila, Edith Stein, and Simone Weil. Catherine of Genoa, and Hildegard of Bingen are the first two that came to mind as missing from the prayer, and of course Rahab (though I would not expect her to be listed).

    One thing that strikes me is how much is lost about women’s lives. None of the women of the Roman Canon (Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia) are listed. And I cannot even tell you one thing about Anastasia (well, I’m guessing that she is a virgin martyr, but that is sort of cheating). Anyway, my point is simply that these used to be the women whom members of our faith found most inspirational, but now they are not even included in our prayers focused on women! So perhaps it is well worth doing exactly what you do here and thinking about inspirational women.

    So yes, I would pray it for my daughter. :-) Have you posted about which women you find most inspirational?

  • Rebecca

    I love this! What devotional Bible do you have?

    Yes, I think I would pray this for a daughter.