Can we call God 'Mother'?
In using maternal metaphors for God alongside the paternal ones, we embrace the fullness of God’s love for us.
Most Christians are familiar with referring to God as Father, but can we call God “Mother”? Many places in the Bible and Christian tradition as well as theological voices answer this question affirmatively: God can be referred to as “Mother.” In fact, every recent pope since John Paul I has made some reference to the value of understanding God like a mother.
Why do Catholics venerate Mary?
Mary the mother of Jesus has many titles, but why exactly is she so special?
In 2005 in Chicago, a young woman was driving home from work and looked at the wall of an underpass where she saw an image of the Virgin Mary. For a short while, “Our Lady of the Underpass” became national news and a local pilgrimage site. Where some saw a miraculous image, however, others saw a mere salt stain.
Can women participate in the Holy Thursday washing of the feet?
Women and men were both participating in the ancient rite long before Pope Francis arrived on the scene.
Palm Sunday: An unnamed woman and her prophetic act at Bethany
I have no memory. Every Palm Sunday I join the parade of parishioners, waving palm branches and singing “Hosanna” as we process into church. Each year, I am utterly devastated then when the passion is read. The happy hosannas are drowned in the refrain “Were you there?” and I am reminded again that the way of Jesus is the way of the cross. Such is the emotional roller coaster that begins Holy Week.
What are the differences between the passion narratives in Matthew and John?
The editors of U.S. Catholic interview Father Donald Senior, C.P., professor of New Testament Studies and president emeritus of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is the author of the forthcoming (November 2014) book Why the Cross? (Abingdon).
For us and our salvation: Father Donald Senior on the passion
What do we mean when we say that by Jesus’ suffering and death we are healed—a mystery if ever there was one?
You might imagine that Father Donald Senior had always wanted to study the Bible, given that he is a world-renowned scripture scholar and a longtime member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. But you’d be wrong; what he really wanted to be was a missionary.
Week Five: Taking stock of the ties that bind
Many years ago, in a period of my life when I was feeling particularly lonely, dissatisfied with my work, and uncertain about the future, I found myself thinking a great deal about the story of Lazarus. Instead of drawing hope from Lazarus’ triumphant rise from the dead, I felt no great solace. In fact, much the opposite.
A primer on the Old Testament
The editors interview Father Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M.
Adapted from an article that first appeared in the January 1991 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 56, No. 1, pages 26-31).
Franciscan Father Leslie Hoppe is a professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. He is the author of many outstanding books on the Old Testament and biblical archaeology, including The Holy City: Jerusalem in the Theology of the Old Testament (Glazier) and There Shall Be No Poor Among You: Poverty in the Bible (Abingdon).
35 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Don't pass over Exodus
By Father Peter M.J. Stravinskas
This article appeared in the April 1979 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 44, No. 4, pages 36-40).
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