“The West is exiled of the Goddess—her features are unknown to us, guessed at, hoped for, rejected as aberration, feared as monstrous or deformed. We in the West are haunted by the loss of our Mother. Our mother country is a place many have never visited, though it is endlessly projected as golden matriarchy, or paradise, but though the house of the Goddess is in disrepair after so many centuries of neglect, some have begun the work of restoration, while others have already moved back in and are renovating from within.”—Caitlin Matthews, Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom
I just started reading a beautiful book by Caitlin Matthews entitled Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom. She is such a beautiful writer with the soul of a poet and the heart of a mystic. One of the things I hear in the above quote is that we, as a society, have suffered from an absence of the Divine Feminine for way too long. This is especially true of Christianity. While pockets of Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics, and Gnostics have dined at Sophia’s table, many of us are spiritually famished for Her knowledge.
The result of this famine is a deep polarization of the Christian faith. Both the Left and the Right of Christianity are behaving badly these days. Name calling and outright hatred of each other appear in the headlines on a daily basis. To be honest, it makes me embarrassed to call myself a follower of Jesus. It’s no wonder the rest of the world hates us. I kind of hate us, too!
Perhaps the deeper symptom of the problem is this: We miss our Mama! Many Christians don’t realize this is true, but there are some of us who have figured it out. Sophia, Holy Wisdom, may be the key to bringing back balance to the Christian faith. I believe She is the Holy Spirit we speak of in the Trinity. She may also be one of the bridges that help Christians and Pagans find common ground in understanding the complex nature of the Great Mystery, the Creator of us all.
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