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The Maternal Face of God – my God was too small

18 May

The following devotion is by Richard Rohr, a Catholic Priest, who reflects the increasing notion that now is the time to bring women into the centre of the church.

All this “women-stuff” is not only important; it is half of conversion, half of salvation, half of wholeness, half of God’s work of art. I believe this mystery is imaged in the woman of the twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse: “pregnant, and in labor, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth . . . and finally escaping into the desert until her time” (Revelation 12:1-6).

Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Could this be the time? It is always the time! The world is tired of Pentagons and pyramids, empires and corporations that only abort God’s child. This women-stuff is very important, and it has always been important, more than this white male priest ever imagined or desired! My God was too small and too

male.

Much that the feminists have said is very prophetic and necessary for the Church and the world. It is time for the woman to come out of her desert refuge and for the men to welcome her. As we see in the Roman Church today, this is still quite difficult, if you have been an “alpha male” all of your life. No surprise that Jesus came “meek and humble of heart” (Matthew 11:29) to undo the male addiction to power.

Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, by Richard Rohr, p. 279, day 290

Prayer:
Oh God, show me your Your face.

Radical Grace Daily Meditations (Book) by Richard Rohr.  Radical Grace is a gospel call to conversion. Richard invites us to be faithful, to turn to God, to reform our hearts and minds. Now in paperback, this collection of 408 meditations spans two decades and combines reflections from Richard’s popular audio recordings and published and unpublished writings.

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