This first instalment in the ‘A Brief History of Singleness and Single Women’ series, looks at the first three centuries of the Christian Church. What did the cultures around it teach about singleness and marriage? How did the Early Church interpret New Testament teachings on singleness? What did it look like to be a single Christian woman?
Here I introduce a new three part series: A Brief History of Singleness and Single Women in the Western Church. Why is this important for all Christians today, regardless of relationship status?
Douceline of Digne was a 13th century mystic and holy woman who founded three houses for lay-women wanting to live a life of piety, poverty and charity. And she also had no time for unbiblical misogynistic theology!
Marie of Oignies was born into a wealthy family. However, despite being surrounded with luxury, from a young age Marie desired to live a life of poverty and sacrifice. While her marriage, aged 14, could have derailed these ambitions, Marie carved her own way of living the religious life that influenced thousands of women like her.
Elisabeth of Schönau is one of a handful of women who wrote about their own religious experiences and personal spirituality before the turn of the 13th century. She helps us to understand female spirituality at the time as well as influencing contemporary thought on male-female relationships.
At first glance, the life of Beatrice of Nazareth does not seem to be that different from what we would expect of a 13th-century nun. However, Beatrice’s mysticism and writings continue to fascinate historians today!
Catherine of Siena was born on this day in 1347. Though she only lived to be 33, in her short life Catherine became a political player, mystic, author and saint. Here’s a little bit about her life!
Did you know that Christopher is not the only patron saint of travellers? Meet Bona the 13th-century pilgrim turned pilgrim guide. At 14, her faith inspired her to undertake dangerous pilgrimages across the world and she just didn’t stop until her death aged 51!
March 8th marks International Women’s Day 2021. To celebrate I’ve created an activity booklet based on the lives of 10 women from church history!
Christina the Astonishing is called that for a reason. Born into a peasant family in 1150, Christian went on to ‘die’ and ‘rise again’ and that’s not even the weirdest part!