Saturday Study Hall – Vincentian women

by | Feb 7, 2014 | Formation, Vincentian Family

Francis Vincent eyes

Pope Francis has  said ““Women are asking deep questions that must be addressed. The church cannot be herself without the woman and her role. The woman is essential for the church. Mary, a woman, is more important than the bishops.”

For this week’s installment of in-depth studies found in the Vincentian Encyclopedia here are two articles that provide context from a Vincentian perspective.

Vincentian Women of Faith by Sr. Betty Ann McNeill, DC. a talk presented to the Ladies of Charity two days before 9/11 and two miles from the site of the attack on the Pentagon.

“Too often contemporary women are tempted to be more concerned about what we do than who we are and why we do what we do. Authentic Gospel living is about being women of integrity–blending mission, spirituality, and service as lay women like Louise de Marillac, Elizabeth Bayley Seton (1774-1821), and Catherine O’Regan Harkins-Drake (1834-1911). They were women with a mission–authentically Vincentian.”

 Louse de Marillac: Fully woman

1 A panorama of Louise’s life
2 Louise de Marillac- fully woman
3 To live entirely for God
4 To live united to the will of God
5 To live with humility and gentleness
6 To live in an intimate relationship with God
7 To live with joy
8 Questions for reflection and dialogue

St. Louise, a spirtual woman

1 Introduction
2 A letter of gratitude

2.1 The person to whom the letter is addressed

2.2 The place
2.3 The date
2.4 The content of the letter
2.5 The person who wrote the letter

3 Gratitude: the fruit of a heart that accepts life

3.1 Gratitude and a grateful existence
3.2 Gratitude and a grateful surprise
3.3 Gratitude and its constellation of values, virtues, feelings and attitudes
3.4 To live as grateful people

4 Footnotes

Louise de Marillac: A spiritual women

Women in the Church at the time of St. Vincent  Available on the Spanish-based site Somos



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