April 13, 2004 at 1:30 pm #818
Has anyone ever heard of the Holy Spirit being referred to as a “she?”
The campus minister at my current church calls the Holy Spirit “she” and says that “she” has often been referred to that way throughout Church history, but personally I’ve never heard of that. :” title=”Question” />
I always thought the Holy Spirit was rather genderless when looking for a pronoun to use for it.April 14, 2004 at 5:34 pm #2869
There are so many great visitors to this site I am sure you will get some replies.
My reply: I do not know the history about the Holy Spirit referred to as SHE, but in the old testament in my (female) brain I seem to recall Wisdom referred to as female
and why wouldn’t it?????????? ” title=”Wink” />April 16, 2004 at 3:47 pm #2875
Yes, you are absolutely right. Wisdom is referred to as a she.
But, the Holy Spirit is not only wisodm but many other things as well (think of the 7 gifts).April 24, 2004 at 9:33 pm #2886
I have come to learn that those who need to feminize the Holy Name of God tend to have an agenda that is detrimental to the building up of the Body of Christ and His Church. Jesus was a man and He referred to God as Father, not mother! So be it. I do get miffed with those who pretend they are somehow more “enlighteded,” “in-the-know,” or even Christian because of their preference for inclusive language in all forms of religious communications such as prayers, Bibles, homilies, Creeds, etc…. ad nauseum. We are made in God’s image, and male and female He has made us. That doesn’t mean we can turn around and declare that surely God must conform to our image as well and re-create the Creator to suit our needs for affirmation. If a woman somehow feels excluded because God is represented as a man, I suggest she do some honest soul-searching as well as some therapy to find out why she needs to have God conform to her demands rather than being able to accept Him at His Word and live as He has planned. She is obviously way out of touch with her own gift of womanhood that God has given her. Oh well, enough form me.
Peace and all good,
P.S. If a person insists that they believe it is okay for them to feminize God, then it isn’t Catholicism they are practicing, unless of course, they want to admit to heretical beliefs about Catholicism. Oi.April 28, 2004 at 8:23 pm #2887
Yes, I always felt the same way too, GailMac2. I thought it was like a family model with God the Father and Mary (not equal to God or even on the same level) with God the Son and a genderless Holy Spirit that I guess could be comparable to our human soul. I don’t think the Holy Spirit is exactly like our human soul, but following the example I was giving that’s how it might seem to fit.
When people refer to God, are they thinking of Him as God the Father or God the whole trinitarian entity? I generally think of God the Father so I always refer to God as “him.” This fits into that example I was just giving,June 4, 2004 at 10:22 am #2937
Our spiritual family construct is: Abba, our Father; Jesus Christ, Son of God; and the Holy Spirit, divine Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.'” This begins that final invitation in John’s Apocalypse 22:17. The Blessed Virgin Mary is already enjoying that spousal unity with divinity which is promised upon Christ’s return for His Bride, the Church. The Holy Spirit functions as a “he” as does Abba and Jesus Christ. The Church, collectively, is a “she.”June 9, 2004 at 12:24 am #2959
The common reference I’ve heard of is the Holy Spirit, God, and Jesus as a He and the Church as a she.June 16, 2004 at 4:23 am #2967
Yeah, I think that’s what we use in the Nicene Creed that we say at mass.
And the Church is always referred to as the Bride of Christ much like in the Old Testament how Israel was always alluded to as the wife of God. ” title=”Smile” />
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