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The Liturgy of Motherhood: Moments of Grace Paperback – August 20, 2004

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Finley, an author and mother, views motherhood through the lens of the Catholic church's worship rites in this compilation arranged around the liturgical year and the seasons of Advent, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time. Using stories from her own maternal life and those of other mothers, Finley develops the theme in each chapter by describing the particular season and its traditions, then reflects on its presence in the interplay between mothers and their children. For example, in the chapter on Advent, she likens the liturgical season of waiting for the coming of Christ at Christmas to the waiting implicit in the lives of all mothers, whether they are expecting a child's birth or her arrival home from a dance. In another section, she compares the relics kept by the church to the locks of baby hair cherished by mothers everywhere. Finley also offers models of motherhood drawn from her church's collection of saints and saintly women. Knowing that moms can sometimes take their innate spiritual qualities to extremes, she devotes part of each chapter to "achieving a balance" in exercising such attributes as compassion and patience. Christian mothers, especially those from liturgical traditions, will relate to this book, and those who use it for group study will find the Scripture verses and questions at the end of each chapter helpful.
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The mystic Meister Eckhart said, "we are all meant to be mothers of God for God is always needing to be born." Kathy Finley brings this truth home by holding up mothers as models for all of us, and showing us the Way to be nurturing, compassionate, and open to wonder. You don't have to be a mother to benefit from this beautiful book. You will become one in the best spiritual sense. -- Michael Leach, Swinburne University of Technology

As a mother, I know the yearning of my maternal spirit for greater connection to Mother Church. This book offers insight into that mystical union and elevates the ordinary rituals of our family life. As founder of Elizabeth Ministry, this book is an answer to prayers. I've listened to thousands of mothers seeking validation for the spirituality of facing the joys, challenges and sorrows of childbearing and rearing. Kathleen has captured the essence of all that it means to be mother! -- Jeannie Hannemann, M.A., mother of two young adults and founder of Elizabeth Ministry International

What a gift! A book that affirms the sacredness of all those moments, experiences, and feelings that are absolutely core to mothers' lives. I felt acknowledged, lifted up, renewed and inspired. -- Kathy McGinnis, mother of three adopted children, grandmother of two, Executive Director of the Institute for Peace and Justice

Finley successfully connects the experiences of the liturgy and motherhood―weaving a meaningful tapestry of symbolism, stories, sacraments, and more―and convincing even the most tired of moms that moments of redemption abound in her day. -- Therese J. Borchard, mother of two, editor of I Love Being a Mom: Treasured Stories, Memories, and Milestones

Kathleen weaves the threads of our rich faith tradition into women's experience in a way that both affirms and challenges women to a deeper awareness of the sacred call to motherhood. Her grasp of liturgy, sacramental theology and tradition combined with the wisdom of women's experience creates a tapestry that both informs and inspires! -- Mary Jo Pedersen, granddaughter, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law . She has worked in the Omaha Family Life Office for twenty

Not only is this book conceptualized, but real life mothers have contributed their experiences; sound principles of mothering are articulated; and questions are posed to lead the leader further in a appreciation of the role., Catholic Journalist

Christian mothers, especially those from liturgical traditions, will relate to this book, and those who use it for group study will find the Scripture verses and questions at the end of each chapter helpful., Publishers Weekly

Product details

  • Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1580511139
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1580511131
  • Dimensions : 7.06 x 0.62 x 8.38 inches
  • Publisher : Sheed & Ward (August 20, 2004)
  • Language: : English

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