Conferences for Women
Long out of print, this rare jewel is destined to become the favored spiritual guide for Catholic wives and mothers. Msgr. Landriot gave these conferences over 100 years ago, but they are as relevant to us today as the Gospels. This book is a guide for women who want to achieve sanctity in the home. Reading this book is the best thing you could do for your husband and children, as well as for yourself. This book was published to help women to raise and keep their families Catholic.
The most valiant of all women is the Blessed Virgin Mary. The word valiant derives from the Latin verb “valere”, meaning ‘to be strong.’ True valiance is exhibited by courage in battle, which is the fruit of the cardinal virtue of fortitude. Although the habitual virtue of fortitude is most manifest under its higher aspect as a gift of the Holy Ghost — that is, when its possessor (guided by prudence and justice) is engaged in a confession of faith wherein the danger of death is imminent (as with the martyrs) — is also manifest in the daily trials of the soldier of Christ who conquers inordinate self-love with God’s grace.
The “valiant” Christian woman does not have to exhibit the heroism of a Saint Joan of Arc, but she must rule well the kindgom of her home in prudence, mercy, justice and truth. In figurative parables, the Holy Ghost Himself descibes “le femme forte” in the last twenty verses of the “Book of Proverbs.”
This magnigicent book, written by Monseigneur Jean Francois Landriot, Bishop of La Rochelle, is an extended version of domestic oriented discourses each of which he delivered for sixteen consecutive months in the mid 1800’s to the married ladies of the Society of Charity. The eloquent prelate begins the addresses with a theme drawn from the final verses of the inspired similitudes of Solomon. Landriot (later, Archibishop of Rheims) then proceeds to expound upon the moral of the passage with a practical brilliance that could only have come from a confessor whose heart was well seasoned in discerning the particular characteristics and maternal predispositions of the feminine soul. What emerges from these 213 pages is an achievable ideal for every daughter of Eve who possesses a wounded nature elevated by sanctifying grace. Not one page fails to demonstrate what grace, what beauty, and what joy supernature can bring forth in the life of a woman called to the vocation of Christian motherhood.