Isn’t she an inspiration we all try to live up to! The Proverbs 31 Woman has many successful habits that lead her to excellence – an excellence that the Princess of God works towards every single day!
The Proverb starts by remarking how rare it is to find a truly virtuous woman – the summary of the “Proverbs 31 woman” is that she is a virtuous woman who’s price is far above rubies, meaning she is both rare, and valuable. She is the kind of woman who should be sought after, just as precious jewels.
The Princess of God is exactly this kind of girl or woman.
First of all, she wakes early, and goes to bed late at night, working diligently all day, for her household or family.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household and a portion to her maidens.
Other habits she has is that she is trustworthy, she is prudent and wise, she is a great businesswoman, she does her husband (if she has one) good and not harm, she provides for her household, she is strong, she is never idle, she is kind, she helps the needy, and she is excellent.
The Princess of God not only works hard and with diligence at all times, she works wisely and out of her plentiful store of virtues, which make everything she does succeed. Those around her, whether it is her husband, her maidens, or her children, are made better off for her diligent work, her wisdom, and all the virtues she has within herself. They all thus praise her.
Jesus’ Saints were such women – many of them exemplified every single aspect of the woman described in Proverbs 31. Jesus safely trusted in them, they were trustworthy and faithful; they did good and not evil all the days of their life, or certainly all the days of their life after a conversion; they worked willingly with their hands in humility and labored whether they were recognized or not; they sought out their needs “from afar” carefully and with great wisdom; they rose early in the mornings and went to sleep late at night working and praying continuously, providing for their household or communities, and any servants or maidens they might have had; they made purchases with consideration or widsom, as investments, and with the fruit of their hands or their own labor, they made more of what they acquired; they were strong – even in sickness they displayed great moral strength; what they made or created was good; they reached out to the poor and needy for love of their Maker; they were not afraid of setbacks or adversity in their communities or families because they were well supplied; they were dressed honorably, in ways that glorified their God and King; they spoke with kindness and wisdom; they were not idle; they feared the Lord, and are thus praised centuries later above women who were merely beautiful outwardly, or simply materially blessed or favored. Their own works indeed continue to praise them over time!
The ultimate “proverbs 31 woman” was of course, the Blessed Mother, ever Virgin. She is the woman of whom it can truly be said, “many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Truly she has – she has excelled every single creature in virtue and is on a plane of her own.
The Princess of God aspiring to the excellence and habits of the Proverbs 31 woman has recourse to the Saints and Blessed Mother and looks to them as her example. (: