And so if we hold the virgin archetype up against Mary of Nazareth, we might be surprised by what we find. What if Mary’s virginity tells us not just about Jesus’ significance, but equally, about hers?
Shannon K. Evans, a writer in the contemplative Catholic tradition, is the author of Rewilding Motherhood: Your Path to an Empowered Feminine Spirituality (Brazos Press 2021). A monthly columnist for Jesuits.org and a regular contributor to Franciscan Media, she has also written for America, Geez, and U.S. Catholic magazines and has appeared on Sesame Street in Communities to talk about anti-racism. Evans speaks regularly at churches, small groups, conferences, and retreats on topics related to spirituality, prayer, and justice. She is the Social Media editor for National Catholic Reporter and is raising her family in Ames, Iowa. Follow her on Instagram @shannonkevans.