[quote=TobyLue]I totally agree. Cardinal Ratzinger in his book “The Ratzinger Report” says that “…we are not authorized to change the Our Father into an Our Mother: the symbolism employed by Jesus is irreversible…” What I am trying to understand is by what right, by what reason, or theological belief, those that refer to God as “she” insist on doing so. Can anybody out there enlighten me?
It seems the common idea among the ancients that since God “gave birth” to the world, God must have something in common with a woman who gives birth. All of us were born from a woman (our mothers), hence, since God created[gave birth] to all, God is a “mother” to all. One reason perhaps comes from Julian of Norwich, a 14th-century English mystic who states:
[font=Microsoft Sans Serif]…. A mother can give her child milk to suck, but our precious mother, Jesus, can feed us with himself. He does so most courteously and most tenderly, with the Blessed Sacrament, which is the precious food of true life. With all the sweet sacraments he sustains us most mercifully and graciously. That is what he meant in these blessed words, where he said, ‘I am that which holy Church preaches and teaches you,’ that is to say, 'All the health and life of the sacraments, all the virtue and grace of my word, all the goodness that is ordained for you in holy Church, that I am.’