Rome (Italy) Sr. Linda Pocher, FMA of Mother of the Church Preprovince (RMC), on 29 October 2020, at the Theology Faculty of the Gregorian Pontifical University at Rome discussed her Doctoral Thesis entitled, The Womb of Mary and Her Sufferings. A Model of Collaboration for the New Creation.
The thesis examines the two themes of contemporary Mariology: Mary’s virginity in childbirth and her collaboration in redemption.
The study places in the foreground the reality of the feminine womb and its mystery from the moment that the maternal womb constitutes a concrete point of convergence of the questions dealt with: virginity, maternity, and the collaboration between a creature and the Creator.
Conscious collaboration in God’s action, which is realized in a particular way in the education of the Son, is an internal requirement in Mary’s journey of faith. The trust placed by God in Mary’s pedagogical mediation is what makes her motherhood fully human, as an act which involves her in all the dimensions of her person and which requires not only her consent, but also her full collaboration in every instant of the events of the Son.
The Church is invited, not only to enjoy Mary’s pedagogical mediation, but also to imitate it (cf. Lumen Gentium VIII). The fullness of faith, in fact, is realized in corresponding to love with love, or in the ability to accompany others towards the full development of their freedom.
Through the interdisciplinary approach to the person and experience of Mary, Sister Linda was able to present the figure of a woman in her concreteness by addressing the issues of virginity in childbirth and collaboration in redemption as aspects of personal experience.
The event was attended by the Vicar General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sister Chiara Cazzuola; the Superior of the Pre-Province RMC, Sister Maria del Carmen Canales; the Dean of the Pontifical Faculty of Education “Auxilium”, Sister Piera Ruffinatto; the Coordinator of the Religious Education Commission, Sr. Rosangela Siboldi; the Animator and the Sisters of Sr. Eusebia Palomino Community (RMC), the parents of Sr. Linda, and some FMA and SDB.