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Desperately seeking SOPHIA
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How do we find her?

   One day as I concluded a talk on Sophia, a woman asked me: "You told us how Sophia got lost. Now tell us: How do we find her?" I suggested that she begin by reading, studying, and meditating on the Sophia passages in the Bible and that she take a metaphor or a name for Sophia in the verses, breathe it in and our, letting it permeate her whole being. "Most essential of all," I responded, "is to ask Sophia to reveal herself to you."

     We need to look for Sophia. By her very nature she is relational, present in the world, interacting among people and ordinary human lives. By desiring to know her, by opening our minds and hearts, her radiance will permeate our lives. Such is what happened recently with a concerned mother who was having much difficulty with her two young daughters, who were sulky and disruptive.

     One day after work she sat alone in her car feeling sad and troubled. She called on Sophia for guidance and insight, praying quietly for some time. Then she drove home, sat down with her daughters and together they came to some much-needed household compromises that made all of them more peaceful and happy.

      Prayer is vital in discovering this treasure of Sophia. This helps me the most in finding her and establishing a faithful relationship.

     I believe it is time for Christians to recover the richness of this heritage of the divine feminine that has been lost. We need Sophia now more than ever. We need her compassionate presence and her ability to help us see clearly in the midst of a world that cries out for wisdom and love.

     Sophia will not fail us. She will always draw us deeper and further for there is no end to the mystery of her life with us. "The first person did not finish discovering about her nor has the most recent tracked her down; for her thoughts are wider than the seas, and her designs more profound than the abyss" (Sir. 24:28-29).

                                -- Joyce Rupp

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    Recommended books about Sophia:

Wisdom's Feast: Sophia in Study and Celebration. Cady, Ronan, Taussig. San Francisco: Harper and Row, l984.

Who is Wisdom-Sophia? Meditations Based on "Love of Eternal Wisdom" by St. Louis de Montfort. Daughters of Wisdom: Wisdom House, 229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT 06799-3002.

She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse. Elizabeth A. Johnson. New York: Crossroad, 1993.

Divine Sophia, Holy Wisdom. Robert Powell. Nicasio, CA: The Sophia Foundation of North America, 1997.

The Star In My Heart: Experiencing Sophia, Inner Wisdom. Joyce Rupp. Innisfree Press: Philadelphia, 1990.

Prayers to Sophia: A Companion to "The Star in My Heart. Joyce Rupp. Innisfree Press: Philadelphia, 2000.

Sophia: Aspects of the Divine Feminine Past and Present. Suzanne Schaup. Nicolas-Hays, Inc. York Beach ME 1997.

In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins. Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza. Crossroad: New York, l983. (c.f. pp. l30 - l40, "The Sophia-God of Jesus and the Discipleship of Women").


This article is published in the October 2002 issue of the U. S. Catholic magazine. It is reprinted here with permission of the
U. S. Catholic
magazine. Visit http://www/uscatholic.org for a list of recommended readings about Sophia.

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