I’d like to thank one of this little “blog community,” DJC, for her idea and subsequent contribution of the post for today. And I’d like to reiterate the invitation to contact me if you are interested in contributing a post as a “guest blogger”, or even if you have an idea you’d like to see me post about.
DJC first reminds us of the conversation about Sr. Regina’s open letter to the people of the Diocese of Scranton:
I followed up my conversation with the bishop by writing a letter to explain, in detail, how I live my life: rise at five, morning office, scripture reading, daily Mass, school, night prayers, CCD classes on the weekend, etc. I thought that giving my word that I strive to be a loyal daughter of the church would be good enough. Not so.
Why was this not enough…I found an interesting article by Anna Quindlen and some of the points she makes I find very interesting. I don’t agree with everything in the article. But some of them I think we need to reflect on…here’s an excerpt…
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb in which Jesus is laid after the crucifixion. The body is gone, and she runs to find the apostles Peter and John to tell them so. They look, run off, and she remains, distraught. A man approaches; she mistakes him for the gardener.
He says, “Woman, why are you crying?”
The very first word Jesus says after his resurrection is our name. And perhaps that explains why Roman Catholic women who have been so poorly served by our church refuse to leave. The members of the hierarchy do not engage us in conversation, but their founder did.
Thanks, DJC, for proposing this thread for our conversation. So, dear friends, how does this excerpt sit with you? Any ideas on how to help bring about some healing of the alienation so many women experience?