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On The Road To Perfection
Episode 124: The Sacred Role of Women in the Church

The sacred role of women in the Church goes back to the time before Jesus came to Earth – way before! In this episode, we talk about that – after a short disclaimer from my lovely bride – and how there is an important significance to women being in the Church and the role they play in salvation history. We claim that the first Catholic was Mary (a woman, BTW!), and share who “the first Apostle” was, as well as “the Apostle to the Apostles” – both women! But it is way more than a title, and these women were not ordained by Jesus as were the Twelve – which is significant, and a true blessing for women and the Church! And, yes, we answer THAT question, along with the question of why women are integral to the survival and thriving of the Church. And I get a little snippy about men and how they handle their responsibilities in the Church. But what’s new?  -Kristofer

To be sacred means to be set apart. Women are, by nature, set apart from men (as are men from women) and understanding and embracing that “being set apart” as an honor, a gift, is important to being able to fulfill that role fully. And Beth makes the point by quoting some papal document…like she has it ready in her back pocket!

Women are granted particular graces to echo The Lord (catechize), as are men, but a woman brought The Lord into the world, when He could have just appeared and walked over the crest of a hill and done His thing. Mother Church’s singular role is to bring The Lord into the world. Well, women are the ones who bring into this world those who we need to share Him with; and having come into the world through a woman, it only makes natural sense that The Lord would continue to come into the world through women.

We don’t negate or minimize the role of men to bring The lord to others; we highlight the significant, sacred role that women have. Nurturing is a natural aspect of womanhood, and we delve into the difference between pastoring and nurturing. It is important, and there are those who are better at the former and others at the latter. A pastor shepherds the whole flock – leads them. But the ewe, the females of the flock, nurture the rest of the flock along the way.

This sacred role is not by accident!

REFERENCES:

Beth mentions Mulieris dignitatem – On the Dignity and Vocation of Women, an Apostolic Letter from Pope Saint John Paul II on August 15, 1988.
Here’s the We Are The World sign reference to “Check your egos at the door” that Kristofer mentions.
70 feet up gives a great view of the neighborhood! Here is the Red Tail Hawk we saw on our tree as we wrapped up our walk:

Image that Beth took of a Red-tailed Hawk on top of our 70-foot pine tree as we wrapped up our discussion of the sacred role of women in the Church.

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Some items on our site that will help in understanding this topic:

TWMWU: Sacred Scripture
TWMWU: Palm Sunday of the Passion of The LORD
Podcast Episode: The Laity – Episode 73
Podcast Episode: Catechesis and Other Funny Words
Podcast Episode: The Woman Caught in Adultery- Episode 89