The Feminine Face of Mercy
One of the words used to describe mercy in the Old Testament is rahamim, which denotes the love of a mother. The very root, rehem, literally refers to the womb of a mother. This also refers to the goodness, tenderness and patience of God as exemplified in the book of Isaiah: “Can a woman forget her suckling child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Is. 49:15).
In light of the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, we might ask: what have women written about mercy? What contribution do they make in coming to a deeper understanding of that maternal love of God that is always faithful and forgiving? Women of the past, such as Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila, and more contemporary voices, such as Edith Stein, Teresa of Calcutta and Dorothy Day, also have a contribution to make to this Jubilee reflection.
Dr. Donna Orsuto
Director, The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas
Professor, Institute of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University
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