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Lucy Jane Rider Meyer (1849-1922), chemist and early proponent of the Deaconess movement, who did urban ministry and training in Chicago in the early 20th century.

Mary Magdalene (1445), Rogier van der Weyden 1399/1400 – 1464. This is the left panel of Van der Weyden's Crucifixion triptych. Mary is holding her usual attribute, a jar of ointment. This attribute may be the result of a case of mistaken identities, i.e. the assumption that Mary Magdalene is the Mary who anointed Jesus’ feet. According to John this was a different Mary altogether: Mary of Bethany.

“It is better to be alone with God. His friendship will not fail me, nor his counsel, nor his love. In his strength, I will dare and dare and dare until I die.” - St. Joan of Arc

Vila - Any of a class of Slavic dryads, tree-spirits who are exclusively female. They are often vicious and cruel, and have a dire reputation; nevertheless, if one succeeds in approaching a Vila properly, she may be inclined to heal, give advice, reveal treasure, or teach magical and medicinal arts.

A ministry in Chicago ( invites people to walk the stations of the cross through the busy urban center, stopping to read related Scripture and pray at sites of recent violence, temporary homes of the homeless, and icons of global injustice. A young VocationCARE partner created a postmodern version of this ancient Christian practice. What would it look like in your neighborhood?


10 Things I Wish I'd Told My Father

10 Things I Wish I'd Told My Father—The author of the wise and wholly original "Drinking with Men: A Memoir" looks back on life with her dad, who unexpectedly passed away in 2001.

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Striving to Live a Christ-centered Life: Five Reasons to Visit a Monastery

I think this characterization is off-base. It's not that the chaste are pure of the passions. The chaste experience the passions, probably more than others, yet choose to limit them to certain forms or to confine them. E.g., A passion for the flesh would be made a passion of/for the spirit. Sublimation? (As Monk Isaiah wrote to Nun Theodora: “The Holy Spirit is for everyone; but in those who are pure of the passions, who are chaste and live in stillness and silence, He reveals special…

St. Phoebe--may have taken Paul's epistle to the Romans. Only woman mentioned by Paul in the address of his letters.

St. Phoebe the Deaconess. In the early Chuch there were women deacons. However, they were limited to that role and were not allowed in the priesthood. The reason for the deaconesses: it was considered improper for males to be physically handling women, so deaconesses were commissioned to assist especially in baptism and chrismation. While there are no liturgically recognized female deacons in the Orthodox Church in the USA, there are some in Japan, Russia and Greece.

The Three Christian Heroines (Drei Gut Kristin), from Heroes and Heroines. At left, Saint Helena wearing the imperial crown and holding up a cross; at center, Saint Brigit holding a processional cross; at right, Saint Elisabeth with a stein. Below, three coats of arms. From a series of six woodcuts with Heroes and Heroines, each with three figures. Hans Burgkmair (German, Augsburg 1473–1531 Augsburg) Block cut by Jost de Negker (1480–1546) 1516 Woodcut; first state of three (Hollstein)

Olympias, the Deaconess. This one's my favorite; her expression is hilarious. Plus, I've noticed a common pattern of eyebrow-expression among deaconesses. They all look perturbed.