Among Women!

Luke 1:41-42

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”

To cradle Catholics, the Church is often complained of as “dominated by men.”  To converts, what often hits one in the face is not the masculinity, but femininity of the Church.  In other words, so much of the Church’s prayer, life and practice is contemplative, Marian, inward, body-centered and Eucharistic, while so much of the rest of non-Catholic (especially American) Christianity is aggressive, word-centered, mission-oriented, and focuses on getting a job done.  Both the masculine and feminine approaches to the faith are good and biblical, but it should be noted that the feminine way is particularly rooted in the Church’s reverence for Mary who is “blessed among women.”  Today, thank God for the women of the Church and for the the Blessed Virgin who is Christ’s greatest disciple.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Pat Gohn

    Thanks so much for this reflection… might I also point out the weekly podcast of the same name — “Among Women” — found at the bottom of this page? Click on the link to go to the podcast page to listen to the podcast.

    God bless you!