Something different for Reformation Day – Katharina Luther

On this special day I want to  remember Katie who had been a nun and became a married woman. My thought is this, if only all the nuns who taught me (so long ago) could have escaped in the way she escaped, marrying and having love and a normal life with a loving husband and children! Praise God for the complicated but godly man she married!

1 Timothy 4


But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

CH376219 Portait of Katharina von Bora (oil on panel) by Cranach, Lucas, the Elder (1472-1553); Private Collection; ( future wife of Martin Luther (1483-1546), leader of the Reformation in Germany;); Photo © Christie's Images; German, out of copyright

Portait of Katharina von Bora (oil on panel) by Cranach, Lucas, the Elder (1472-1553); Private Collection; additional info: future wife of Martin Luther (1483-1546), leader of the Reformation in Germany; Photo © Christie’s Images; German, out of copyright.

“Katharina von Bora (German: [kataˈʁiːna fɔn ˈbɔʁa]; January 29, 1499 – December 20, 1552), after her wedding Katharina Luther, also referred to as “die Lutherin”,[1] was the wife of Martin Luther, German reformer and a seminal figure of the Protestant Reformation. Beyond what is found in the writings of Luther and some of his contemporaries, little is known about her. Despite this, Katharina is often considered one of the most important participants of the Reformation because of her role in helping to define Protestant family life and setting the tone for clergy marriages.”



30 thoughts on “Something different for Reformation Day – Katharina Luther

  1. I have these kids books on Katharina Luther and Mrs. Spurgeon from Banner of Truth. I asked my youngest daughter, age 3, who was Mrs. Spurgeon and she said “Someone who gave out a lot of books.” Then I asked her who was Mrs. Luther and she said “Someone who has a lot of children” and our whole family was in stitches in laughter for a long time. Thank you for this post which reminded me of this recent memory…

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  2. Thanks, Maria. Yes, those nuns who taught us were struggling to merit their salvation through asceticism. I’ve seen a couple of biographies of Katharina over the last couple of years that I wanted to read. Your post prompted me to check our library’s catalog and, sure enough, they have one of them and I placed a hold on it. Happy Reformation Day!

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  3. You have to wander how the leadership in Catholicism could have missed such a clear literal denunciation of a practice that they insist is necessary. But I would think that it might have something to do with Paul’s statement concerning it being better not to marry and to remain as he was, but obviously that is an individual free will issue, that even Paul leaves as an issue between the believer and God.
    But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
    1 Corinthians 7:8-9 NASB
    This is why one scripture most often does not stand on its own, without confirming support. But in this case the Catholic Church misses it all around as they do so much of the scripture. Good post Maria. Thanks

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    • Thanks for commenting, brother Jerry! Yes, if I remember right the push toward celibacy began from the passage you quoted. But they made this passage into a law. So misguided. Yes, we need the whole counsel of God, not one verse. True, the Catholic Church misses it all around – so much blindness! Pray and evangelize these people…!

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