Mothers of the Church: The Witness of Early Christian Women by Mike Aquilina

By Mike Aquilina

Meet the heroines of Christianity's formative years!

Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey, in a follow-up to the best-selling The Fathers of the Church, have penned an inspiring spouse quantity at the moms of the Church that, like no different booklet, explores their impression on heritage and the Faith.

Mothers of the Church: The Witness of Early Christian girls will toughen Catholics knowing of the half performed through ladies within the early Church. Drawing upon a large spectrum of resources, it illustrates the numerous varieties of girls that left their mark on sacred heritage by means of responding to God s name. whether or not they have been martyrs, abbesses, moms, desolate tract solitaries, or managers of huge relatives companies, those girls s tales will motivate you and deepen your faith.

Each bankruptcy includes a concise biography that's supplemented through rates from the Fathers writings about the girl in query, poetry referring to her, and different historic testimonials.

The authors authoritative but available writing kind deftly explores the real influence of early Christian women.

The moms of the Church include:

Holy girls of the hot Testament
--St. Blandina
--St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
--St. Helena
--St. Thecla
--St. Agnes of Rome
--St. Macrina
--Proba the Widow
--St. Marcella
--St. Paula
--St. Eustochium
--St. Monica
--Egeria the vacationer

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The symbolic imagery of Revelation is deliberately hard to understand; its purpose is to convey a message of hope to Christians and conceal it from the unbelievers. But the picture of Mary crowned with twelve stars seems to make her the representative of God’s people — Israel with its twelve tribes and the Christian Church with its twelve apostles. The Women Who Bankrolled the Ministry Throughout the ministry of Jesus, women came to him as if he were the only man alive who would listen to their troubles.

Some of them were clever and strong: we get the idea from John Chrysostom that Anthusa had a lot of the qualities — dogged tenacity, a keen eye for human motivations, and a natural management sense — that would later make her son such an effective and inspiring bishop. But an ordinary woman — someone who had no more than the average allotment of talent and persistence that most ordinary people have — would be lost in the jungle, even if she had money. If she had no son and no money, her case was worse than hopeless.

First, that I was born a human and not a beast. Second, that I was born a man and not a woman. 33 Halfway between beast and barbarian on the scale of things you don’t want to be: that’s where a Greek philosopher puts a woman. The best a woman could do was to stay out of the way and be ornamental, as we learn from another famous philosopher: He [Antisthenes] said that the wise man would conduct himself, not according to the established laws, but according to the law of virtue. He would marry in order to beget children, choosing the most beautiful woman as his wife.

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