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Exploring feminine spirituality

Observer Viewpoint | Friday, October 28, 2005

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Lance Gallop for his Oct. 25 column that sought to draw attention to the often un-recognized spiritual power of women.

You are right Lance, woman is created in the image of God just as man is, and this means she too is a spiritual being in whom the presence and wisdom of the Holy Spirit is manifested in a profound way.

I invite the members of the Notre Dame family who find some resonance with the notion than God is bigger than both male and female, I invite those who believe that men and women are both capable and called to share faith, to speak on the Word and to be instruments of the Holy Spirit in the world, I invite all of you to the “Spirit of Sophia.”

This is a liturgical celebration held in Pasquerilla East every Monday evening at 10 p.m. It is a place for community, for prayer, for quiet, and for reflection. Women from the Notre Dame community offer their wisdom on the Word through their homilies, as we all attempt to grow closer to the presence of the Holy Spirit within each of us. I invite all, men and women, those who have questions, who wonder, and who want to explore the power of spirituality, to join us in our liturgy.

This is not about feminizing the world, the Spirit of Sophia, of wisdom, is about coming to see the power of the Holy Spirit to transform our lives so that through us, she might begin to renew the face of our broken earth