The Dignity and Vocation of Women

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This presentation summarires John Paul II MULIERIS DIGNITATEM -- Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women

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The Dignity and Vocation of Women

  1. 1. The Dignity and Vocation of Women Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC
  2. 2. Introduction • Quotes – Gaudium et Spes (2) – Pope Paul IV
  3. 3. Theotokos • Union with God – Galatians 4:4 – Genesis 3:15 – Luke 1:33-37 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Theotokos_Iverskaya.jpg
  4. 4. Theotokos • Fullness of time – Dignity of woman • Women represents humanity – Union of mother and Son – Virgin Mother – Overshadowing of the Holy Spirit – God ASKS permission http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Theotokos_Iverskaya.jpg
  5. 5. To Serve is to Reign • The Annunciation • Action of Grace • Handmaid – Creature – Servant – Kingdom of God – Foundation of what it means to be a woman http://www.flickr.com/photos/ru_boff/3245887692/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  6. 6. Image and Likeness of God • Book of Genesis (1:27) – Man highest point of creation – BOTH in God’s image – BOTH unlike all other creatures – Together they form a community http://www.brogilbert.org/woman/woman_creation.JPG
  7. 7. Image and Likeness of God • Person made in communion – Rational and free – In relationship – Trinity – Community based on love http://vocatum.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html
  8. 8. Image and Likeness of God • Anthropomorphism of the bible – God speaks to us in human language – Love of God Isaiah 49:14-15 --- Isaiah 69:13 --- Psalm 131 – God is feminine and masculine • Hosea 11:1-4 • Jer 3:4-9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rykneethling/5811115037/
  9. 9. Eve and Mary • Mystery of sin and evil – Negation of God as Creator in relationship to man – Independent from God – Sin did not destroy likeness to God http://blogs.nd.edu/oblation/files/2012/12/Mary-as-the-New-Eve-15th-century.jpg
  10. 10. Eve and Mary • Sin – Disturbances to relationship between man and woman – Gift of self – “He shall rule over you.” http://blogs.nd.edu/oblation/files/2012/12/Mary-as-the-New-Eve-15th-century.jpg
  11. 11. Proto-evangelium • The First Gospel – Genesis 3:15 – I will put … – Women – pro-genitrix of the redeemer of man – Women: Mary and Eve • Old Testament • New Testament http://blogs.nd.edu/oblation/files/2012/12/Mary-as-the-New-Eve-15th-century.jpg
  12. 12. Jesus Christ and Women • Jesus TALKED to women • Jesus promotes dignity and vocation – John 4:27 – Luke 7:39 – Matthew 2:13 – Matthew 19:3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Franceschini,_Giacomo_-_Ges%C3%B9_e_la_Samaritana_al_pozzo.jpg
  13. 13. Women in the Gospel • • • • • • • • • • Luke 13:11 – Women bent over Mark 1:30 – Simon’s mother-in-law Mark 5:25-34 – Flow of blood Mark 5:41 – Daughter of Jairus Luke 7:13 – Widow of Naim Matthew 15:28 – Canaanite woman Luke 8:1-3 – Provide for Jesus John 4:7-27 – Samaritan woman Luke 7:37-47 – Public sinner John 8:3-11 – Adulterer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalene
  14. 14. Women in the Parables • Illustrate the truth of the Kingdom of God – Lost coin – Lk 15: 8-10 – The leven – Mt. 13:33 – The Wise and foolish Virgins – Mt. 25:1-13 – Widows mite – Lk 21:1-4 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Lost_Drachma_(La_drachme_perdue)__James_Tissot_-_overall.jpg
  15. 15. Woman caught in Adultery • Affect of the first sin – Habitual discrimination against women – TWO people in adultery – Abortion – The dignity and vocation of women http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_and_the_woman_taken_in_adultery
  16. 16. Guardian of the Gospel • Christ’s action • Woman at the well – “If you only knew the gift of God” -- John 4:7-27 • Martha and Mary • Woman who bathed his feet • Women at the foot of the cross http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_in_the_House_of_Martha_and_Mary_(Vermeer)
  17. 17. First Witness of the Resurrection • • • • Sensitivity Receptivity Generosity Maternity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tizian_050.jpg
  18. 18. Motherhood - Virginity • Found in Mary – Annunciation • Receptivity – Generosity – Motherhood • Involves a special communion with the mystery of life http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virgin_Mary_Golgotha_Hajdudorog.jpg
  19. 19. Motherhood - Virginity • Mary – new covenant • Jesus redefines motherhood • Paschal Mystery • Sensitivity http://www.flickr.com/photos/waitingfortheword/6398428089/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  20. 20. Motherhood - Virginity • Celibacy for the kingdom • Women – called to be loved and to love – Seen in: • Concern for others • Open to others needs • Profoundly personal http://www.flickr.com/photos/waitingfortheword/6365287195/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  21. 21. Motherhood - Virginity • Bride of Christ – Christ the groom – Church is the bride – “Your maker is your husband “ (Is 54:5) – Pouring out of Christ to us out of love http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_of_the_Virgin
  22. 22. Feminine Genius • Dignity of woman and the order of love • Vocation of women – Spousal relationship – Interpersonal relationship – Bride and bridegroom • Woman and all of humanity WE WERE CREATED TO GIVE AND RECEIVE LOVE

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