Among Women 171: The Joy of the Incarnation

December 21, 2013

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: Our Lady of the Incarnation

“Among Women” Guest: Sr Grace Remington OCSO

This week we think about the coming of Christmas through the eyes of  Mary, as told by St Ephrem the Syrian, a 4th century Doctor of the Church. We examine some of his Nativity Hymns, in a departure from our usual saint segment that typically profiles women saints — after all, he is talking about Mary and he’s a Church Doctor!

Our guest today is a cloistered contemplative nun — Sr Grace Remington OCSO, a Cistercian Sister of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, Dubuque, Iowa. Together we discuss the life of a Trappist nun and Sr Grace’s portrait of Mary and Eve (below)… as well as the abbey’s candy-making endeavors!

Mary & Eve, Sr Grace Remington OCSO

Mary and Eve
Pencil and Ink by Sr Grace Remington OCSO
Copyright 2005

Links for this episode:

Hymns of the NativitySt Ephrem the Syrian

Links for Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, Home to Cistercian (Trappist) nuns: 

Other shows of related interest: Previous Christmas episodes…

 AW 153: Joy! (2012)

AW 120: News of A Baby at Christmas (2011)

AW 82: Joining with Mary in Advent (2010)

AW 38: Christmas (2009)


4 comments on “Among Women 171: The Joy of the Incarnation

  1. Marg says:

    How can I get permission to use the image? I would like to use it on my website and/or on facebook. It is such a powerful image. Amazing!

    1. Pat says:

      Sorry that I missed replying to your request, Marg, for all these weeks. Write to the monestery at I got permission.

  2. Dear Pat,

    You might be interested in this musical setting (the only one so far) of Sr. Columba’s beautiful poem — which had her enthusiastic approval. It was even played at her burial service as they laid her body to rest. Here is a link that allows you to listen.

    I had the great pleasure of sitting with Sr. Columba at the US premiere of this in Dubuque in 2008. She and I became great friends, and I believe her prayers played a large part in my return to the Church in 2009.

    1. Pat says:

      Thank you for sharing, Frank!

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