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Old 01-08-2013, 10:46 PM
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First off, I want to say that I am not a Catholic, neither to I uphold the belief that Mary was anything more than a human vessel.

That aside, I would like to know if anyone shares my belief that the Holy Spirit is not only a person, but the Divine Feminine principle?

Any thoughts, scriptures, insights, or experiences with regard to this subject?
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:12 PM
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What is this Divine Feminine principle? (I am also not Catholic.)
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The word shekinah is feminine in Hebrew. . . .
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:18 PM
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The word shekinah is feminine in Hebrew. . . .
Yes, I suspected that was at least part of the focus, but to address the issue, I need to know more from the initiator of the Opening Post.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:19 AM
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First off, I want to say that I am not a Catholic, neither to I uphold the belief that Mary was anything more than a human vessel.

That aside, I would like to know if anyone shares my belief that the Holy Spirit is not only a person, but the Divine Feminine principle?

Any thoughts, scriptures, insights, or experiences with regard to this subject?
That is actually an interesting question. One of my favorite theologians, Dr. Scott Hahn, does ascribe a degree of femininity to the Holy Spirit, although he would not go so far as to call the Holy Spirit "the Divine Feminine", which is going way too far for sure, assuming I understand the term correctly.

Hahn, while he would never call the Holy Spirit "she", does say that He contains the characteristics of those particulars and accidental qualities of mother, maternal and feminine because they are contained in God; thus, the Trinity being one, those qualities are contained in God. And because the spirit is usually considered the love by which the father loves the son that would be reminiscent of the same love a woman has, so Scott Hahn is right on the money here.

But "Divine Feminine principle?" Nope, that's way too far off the mark - again, assuming I understand the term correctly.


And by the way: I'm not quite sure why you mentioned Mary in your question. As a by-the-book Catholic, I can tell you that we do not believe Mary to be a god, a goddess, or god-like, despite whatever you may have heard.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:21 AM
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The word shekinah is feminine in Hebrew. . . .
Hey! Is that the same Giuliano that was here before? If it is, welcome back bro' !!!
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Hey! Is that the same Giuliano that was here before? If it is, welcome back bro' !!!
It is, thanks.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:05 AM
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First off, I want to say that I am not a Catholic, neither to I uphold the belief that Mary was anything more than a human vessel.

That aside, I would like to know if anyone shares my belief that the Holy Spirit is not only a person, but the Divine Feminine principle?

Any thoughts, scriptures, insights, or experiences with regard to this subject?
Describing someone who was full of grace and blessed among women as a human vessel does not really describe the mother of Jesus accurately.

And while the human body is a temporary abode it in no way adequately reflects the human spirit within so man/woman wants to define God based on man's or woman's nature which seems unnecessary.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:12 AM
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Interesting question. I'm not sure about a "Divine Feminine" principle, but there are cases when the scriptures use feminine imagery for God's love.

One example is Jesus's lament over Jerusalem. Matt 23:37 - "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing."

Another is in Isa 49:15, "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!"
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:14 AM
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In the book of Enoch, the Holy Spirit is described as wisdom, and feminine, if I remember correctly.
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