Does the church have any "mothers"?

By Michael Cameron| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology Women
Writers on the early church speak often of "Church "Fathers," but were there any "Church Mothers"?

Because of the cultural situation of the time, women wrote little and wielded power even less, so it's hard to speak of "Church Mothers" in the same way we do the "Fathers." Nevertheless, many ancient Christian women were known for their heroic faith as martyrs, spiritual guides, teachers, and, of course, mothers. They were often commended for their unique purity of life, their inner strength, and even their "virile" courage.


Conscientious courage

By Michael Hovey| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons War and Peace
Franz Jägerstätter paved the way for those who object to war by following a higher order.

In April 1974, while serving at the U.S. Navy base in Sasebo, Japan, I visited the Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum in the nearby city of Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an atomic bomb dropped by U.S. forces.


Conscientious courage

By Michael Hovey| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons War and Peace
Franz Jägerstätter paved the way for those who object to war by following a higher order.

In April 1974, while serving at the U.S. Navy base in Sasebo, Japan, I visited the Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum in the nearby city of Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an atomic bomb dropped by U.S. forces.


First responder: St. Anthony Claret

By Father Greg Kenny, C.M.F.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

U.S. Catholic remembers St. Anthony Claret on his feast day, October 24.


First responder: St. Anthony Claret

By Father Greg Kenny, C.M.F.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

U.S. Catholic remembers St. Anthony Claret on his feast day, October 24.


Poor on purpose

By Fran Ferder| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Clare of Assisi vowed to live in poverty not for its own sake but to enrich her relationships with others and God. Today her way of life is not just for cloistered nuns.

Francis and Clare. Even though he was the better known of the two, it was Clare who most captured my attention at my Franciscan high school. From the beginning, there was something about her life that resonated deep in my being.


Poor on purpose

By Fran Ferder| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Clare of Assisi vowed to live in poverty not for its own sake but to enrich her relationships with others and God. Today her way of life is not just for cloistered nuns.

Francis and Clare. Even though he was the better known of the two, it was Clare who most captured my attention at my Franciscan high school. From the beginning, there was something about her life that resonated deep in my being.


Globe-trotter

By Greg Heffernan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
St. Francis Xavier was a trusting missionary to the East.

Globe-trotter

By Greg Heffernan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
St. Francis Xavier was a trusting missionary to the East.

Who wrote the gospels?

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

My brother was born prematurely during a blizzard. Mom made it to the hospital in time to deliver, but Dad was stuck in a snow bank, the tires of our Chevy spinning as he shoveled cinders furiously. My sisters and I were bundled in snowsuits in the backseat, going nowhere as the cold crept into the car.


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