Fragments of Real Presence

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Fragments of Real Presence

Liturgical Traditions in the Hands of Women

A powerful proposal for Christian women to acknowledge their religious roots, confront the death-dealing and the life-giving aspects of religion, and seek healthy, nurturing ways to grow into their own wise faith. Includes insightful reflection questions for individuals and small groups.

Highlights include:

Voiceless Women • The Nativity of Mary—Every Mother is a Daughter • September 11, 2001 • Hildegard of Bingen—A Saint in Search of Her Feast Day • All Souls—Wild Strawberries on a Mother's Grave • Our Lady of Guadalupe—A Vision of Roses in Winter • Holy Week—In the Presence of Women: The Passion of God • Pentecost—Your Daughters Shall Prophecy • Sunday in Ordinary Time—She Calls Together Her Friends

Reviews and endorsements

“Fragments of Real Presence represents feminist Catholic theology at its best. Teresa Berger attends closely to the wisdom of wo/men making meaning of liturgy and theology because they hunger and thirst for glimpses of a life-giving G*d. I highly recommend these essays to all those seeking for a spirituality that is life-giving. The book will be especially useful to all those engaged in feminist ministry and liturgy.”
Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School


“With luminous writing, this book weaves together the cycles of women's lives and the liturgical year with great skill. By turns poignant and humorous, and studded with simple yet profound examples, it wrestles with the long liturgical tradition to bring forth a rich feast of insight and prayer. Liturgy can be alienating to women. This is a story of its beauty when filtered through the experience of contemporary, busy women.”
Elizabeth A. Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, New York


"Teresa Berger guides us through the cycle of the liturgical year with startling and gentle insights into the contradictions of our lives lived simultaneously in a grotesquely secular 21st century America and an ancient round of symbols of renewal of life in God. In her vision of divine real presence in women's lives the waters of birth and the waters of baptism flow together to transform one another."
Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California


“This compelling volume integrates liturgical feasts and seasons with the liturgies of our lives, revealing what liturgy and life look like when seen through a feminist lens. May it help to hasten the day when the spiritual leadership of women is not the exception but the norm.”
Miriam Therese Winter, Medical Mission Sister, and professor of liturgy, worship, and spirituality at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut

Paperback / 280 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 1/4