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I once asked a friend who calls herself a Jewish-Catholic if it had been hard for her to accept Mary’s role in Salvation History. She laughed and said, “Heck no! Every Sabbath was begun by a Jewish mama’s prayers! I’d have been suspicious if Lord Sabbaoth hadn’t come through a woman.”
Jewish women welcomed Sabbath into the home each Friday evening with prayers and candle-lighting. I love the scene in Fiddler on the Roof where all the women’s voices rise to bless their families on a Friday evening. Sabbath was thought of, like Holy Wisdom, as a woman – even as a Queen. The Sabbath gives us some fascinating insights into the characteristically feminine movement of the Holy Spirit into the lives of the faithful.
If you enjoy discussing the ‘genius of women,’ you’ll enjoy this talk.
Here are a few other Sabbath-related talks.
Fr. Paul got a great recording of my whole Sabbath is a Woman talk….just ask!