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"The Church is woman, she is mother, and this is beautiful. You must consider and go deeper into this." When Pope Francis spoke these words to Gina Loehr and her companions during a private audience in October of 2013, she felt a tug on her heart—a kind of commission.
In The Church is Our Mother, Loehr asks what is meant when we refer to the Church as "she" or "Mother," as well as what this reveals about the nature of the Church and the nature of motherhood. Each chapter explores one theme mothers and Mother Church have in common: creation, caring, teaching, acceptance, sacrifice, healing, and celebration. A study guide offers relevant meditations from the liturgy, the Catechism, the saints and the sacraments, and also shares personal stories from seven other mothers to inspire readers on their own journeys of faith and family.
Both a personal memoir and a universal call to understanding, Loehr's book will act as a springboard for other women to delve ever more deeply into the beautiful mystery of Mother Church, and offers a new perspective on the tremendous importance of the vocation of motherhood itself.
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Servant Books
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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"The maternal dimension of the Church involves creating, caring, teaching, accepting, sacrificing, healing and celebrating. In her most engaging and well written book, The Church is Our Mother, Gina Loehr guides the reader into a deeper understanding of "the feminine genius" and how it is reflected in and through the Church. Creatively written and theologically based, this book has helped me greatly in appreciating how the Church truly is our Mother." Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi, pastor, Church of the Little Flower, Bethesda Maryland, and author, Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life
"This is a book for all women! In The Church Is Our Mother, Gina Loehr takes up the challenge of Pope Francis to go deeper in considering Mother Church. She effortlessly connects this challenge to the feminine genius as well as the journey of discovering our purpose and identity through biological and spiritual motherhood. Informative, inspiring, insightful, and creative, this is a book you will want to share with all your friends." Victoria Thorn, foundress of Project Rachel and executive director, National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing
"Gina Loehr has written a truly superb book, interesting and readable while also profound. Both deeply theological and deeply personal, Ms. Loehr offers a reflection on the Church as Mother that weaves together several distinct narratives: her own insightful reflections on her experience as a mother and daughter, punctuated at regular intervals by the equally perceptive voices of other mothers, all set within the context of a robust account of the Churchs self-understanding. The author reveals the significance and the meaning of our conviction that the Church is truly mother to us all." Dr. Deborah Savage, professor of philosophy and theology at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity and co-director of the Siena Symposium of Women, Family, and Culture, University of St. Thomas
"Mother Church. Does that phrase strike you as a quaint throwback or a confusing metaphor? With simple eloquence Gina Loehr draws from her own story as well as that of other Catholic women to show how the Church truly mothers us by doing the things good mothers do: We create, care, sacrifice, celebrate, heal, and teach. Loehr also explores Marys role as Mother of the Church and exemplar for mothers everywhere. The guide at the end of the book enhances group and personal study. Daria Sockey, author, The Everyday Catholics Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours