Among Women 188: Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood and Ours

December 13, 2014

In this episode:

“Blessed are They”: Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood

“Among Women” Guest: Mary Matheus

This week we look at Mary’s spiritual maternity, her spiritual motherhood of the Church and of us! In our Blessed Our They segment I share some of the magisterial teaching on Mary’s spiritual maternity. In our Among Women segment, I speak with Mary Matheus, this year’s Treasurer of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). Together we talk about how the NCCW shines the light on the leadership of women in the Church and in the world.Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 2.41.32 PM

The theme of spiritual motherhood is very dear to my heart, not only in terms of Mary’s spiritual motherhood in my life, but the spiritual motherhood that we women can exercise spiritual maternity in example of Mary’s role. She is the feminine genius par excellence, and I spend a few chapters on this subject in my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood.

As a special additional feature of today’s show, I’m sharing my keynote address to the NCCW’s business meeting at their annual conventional from September 2013. Be sure to listen to that talk after the interview with Mary Matheus.

Links for this episode:

Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium has a chapter on Mary

John Paul II’s encyclical on Mary

St Pius X’s encyclical on Mary 

Fr Enrique Llamas’ work on Mary that I quote is found in Mariology

National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)

SQPN’s Catholic Podcasts: Catholic Weekend, and The Break with Fr Roderick

Pat’s book: Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious

Other resources on Our Lady of Guadalupe from my blog, The Back Porch:

Words from Pope Benedict’s visit to Guadalupe

Patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe – numerous links here.

Other shows of related interest:

AW 37: The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s apparition to Juan Diego. This podcast also shares a lovely conversation about a Christmas miracle in a little boy’s life in time for Christmas.



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