It seems we often reflect on “sayings” from our Mom that we remember for the rest of our life. Those like, “Always wear good underwear in case you have to go to the hospital”. (Definitely important to remember, although I have to say that the few times I’ve been in the hospital I really didn’t care whether my underwear looked “good” or not.) Yet, we don’t seem to reflect as often on the things our Dad told us that stick with us forever. So, in honor of Father’s Day, I decided to consider some “Dad Sayings” that I sti...more
For the moms out here who have a certain anxiety in the pit of their stomachs as daughters fast approach those hormonal/unsettling teenage years? I say, you're just preparing for the war! A teen daughter's mishaps, uncertainties and learning curves, will ultimately pass over without too much fanfare if she's raised with the best of motherly& fatherly advice and attention- hopefully.
In real time, it's often the single mom who is doing the raising where she has become both parents; mom and dad to her teenaged daughter....more
“Holy One,” a disciple is said to have asked a master within the context of a traditional “school” of learning. “What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?” The Holy One answered: “When you have knowledge, you use a torch to show the way. When you are wise, you become the torch.”...more
Historian Caroline Walker Bynum has observed in her book Holy Feast and Holy Fast that “women’s symbols express contradiction and opposition less than synthesis and paradox” (1988, p. 289). There is in feminine sensibility a movement toward union rather than disengagement....more
The Mother remembered when she had cradled her Daughter in her arms, an infant of possibility and delight. Now the Daughter stood full to her own height and carried burdens beyond her own capacity. “Tell me of my early days,” the Daughter implored. “Was I always gazing at the moon, looking for Something Else?” “Yes,” remembered the Mother. “And thus the Child extends the boundaries of the Mother from the first day of its life. This is a part of what is meant by Immortality.”...more
While general rules can be helpful in evaluating life’s values: “Wise conduct is pleasure to a person of understanding” (Prov. 10:23b), women’s wisdom acknowledges the ambiguity and fluidity of life’s besetting issues and fluctuating situations. And effectively implementing women’s wisdom always requires something more—an actualized understanding—to come to the fore and literally bring life out of chaos. “The mother’s service is nearest, readiest and surest,” concluded fourteenth-century English mystic Julian of Norwich in her Showings....more
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