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Mothers of the Church - The Witness of Early Christian Women

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Meet the heroines of Christianity's formative years!

Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey, in a follow-up to the best-selling The Fathers of the Church, have penned an inspiring companion volume on the Mothers of the Church that, like no other book, explores their impact on history and the Faith.

Mothers of the Church: The Witness of Early Christian Women will reinforce Catholics understanding of the part played by women in the early Church. Drawing upon a wide spectrum of sources, it illustrates the many kinds of women that left their mark on sacred history by responding to God's call. Whether they were martyrs, abbesses, mothers, desert solitaries, or managers of large family businesses, these women's stories will encourage you and deepen your faith.

Each chapter features a concise biography that is supplemented by quotes from the Fathers writings concerning the woman in question, poetry concerning her, and other ancient testimonials.

The authors authoritative yet accessible writing style deftly explores the important impact of early Christian women.

The Mothers of the Church include:

Holy Women of the New Testament
--St. Blandina
--St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
--St. Helena
--St. Thecla
--St. Agnes of Rome
--St. Macrina
--Proba the Widow
--St. Marcella
--St. Paula
--St. Eustochium
--St. Monica
--Egeria the Tourist

 

 

 

 

 


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8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm)
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This item received 4 stars overall. Good book, but I look forward to a possible revision

Mothers of the Church was given to me by Our Sunday Visitor in exchange for an honest review. It was written by Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey and is the follow-up book to Mike Aquilina's bestseller The Fathers of the Church. I for one am pleased it was written. Women have played and continue to play a large role in the Church, and it's nice to see some of them highlighted in their own book.

 

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St. Agnes of Rome

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/21
Tridentine Calendar - 01/21


Patron Of: Betrothed Couples, Chastity, Crops, Girl Scouts

Also known as

    * Ines
    * Ines del Campo
    * Ynez

Memorial

    * 21 January
    * for many years there was a second feast on 28 January

Profile

    Foster-sister of Saint Emerentiana. At age 12 or 13 Agnes was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods and lose her virginity by rape. She was taken to a Roman temple to Minerva (Athena), and when led to the altar, she made the Sign of the Cross. She was threatened, then tortured when she refused to turn against God. Several young men presented themselves, offering to marry her, whether from lust or pity is not known. She said that to do so would be an insult to her heavenly Spouse, that she would keep her consecrated virginity intact, accept death, and see Christ. Martyr. Mentioned in first Eucharistic prayer. On her feast day two lambs are blessed at her church in Rome, Italy and then their wool is woven into the palliums (bands of white wool) which the pope confers on archbishops as symbol of their jurisdiction.

Died

    * beheaded and burned, or tortured and stabbed to death, or stabbed in the throat (sources vary) on 21 January 254 or 304 (sources vary) at Rome, Italy
    * buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome

Name Meaning

    * chaste; lamb; pure one

Patronage

    * affianced couples
    * betrothed couples
    * bodily purity
    * chastity
    * Children of Mary
    * Colegio Capranica of Rome
    * crops
    * engaged couples
    * gardeners
    * Girl Scouts
    * girls
    * Manresa, Spain
    * rape victims
    * Rockville Centre, New York, diocese of
    * virgins

Representation

    * butcher
    * crown of thorns
    * lamb
    * woman with long hair and a lamb, sometimes with a sword at her throat
    * woman with a dove which holds a ring in its beak
    * woman with a lamb at her side

 



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St. Felicity

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/07


Patron Of: Cattle, Martyrs

Also known as
    Felicitas

Memorial
    7 March

Profile
    Lay-woman. Convert. Maid, friend, and fellow convert Saint Perpetua. Martyred with her In centuries past, their story was so popular that Saint Augustine of Hippo warned against giving it the weight of Scripture.

Died
    mauled by wild beasts and beheaded 7 March 203 at Carthage, North Africa

Patronage
    cattle
    martyrs



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