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Reflections of Mary

Professor Pearl Barros considers the “dangerous memory of Mary” in a sermon for Catholic Women Preach, as we approach the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Professor Pearl Barros considers the “dangerous memory of Mary” in a sermon for Catholic Women Preach, as we approach the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Pearl Barros, assistant professor of religious studies, was invited to contribute a sermon to Catholic Women Preach honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In her sermon, she reflects on the “dangerous memory of Mary”—one that “challenges depictions of Mary’s life that attempt to neutralize its radical implications for pushing against injustice and its call to stand in compassionate solidarity with all who suffer.”

“It’s an honor to contribute to Catholic Women Preach—a project that raises up the voices of Catholic women theologians and ministers,” said Barros. "I am especially pleased to tie this experience into our beautiful tradition of celebrating the Virgen de Guadalupe each December while also being able to share SCU with the wider world.”

Barros holds a Th.D. in Religion, Gender, and Culture from Harvard, an M.T.S. from Harvard, and a B.A. from Santa Clara University.  She is a Catholic feminist theologian whose work engages Latinx cultural studies and decolonial theory. In particular, her research focuses on the relationships between sexuality, subjectivity, and spirituality in Latinx women’s writings, especially in Anzaldúan thought.

 

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