Thoughts on Mary and Motherhood at Easter
By Crazy Stable on April 05, 2012
Easter is this Sunday and lots of plans for meals and family are being made. For those who celebrate the religious aspects of the holiday, it's also a time of reflection. I found Brenda of Brooklyn's post about motherhood and Mary and the Memorare to be rather mind-blowing. She has been sharing some, as she puts it, "wildly over-the-top spirituality from our Catholic tradition (and a few others)." This one, though I'm not Catholic, spoke to me on that core level of motherhood (and I feel like I learned a lot, too).
My relationship with Mary has "evolved," as we say these days instead of admitting we were wrong. Growing up in the 1970s, I found her rather irrelevant: What kind of role model was both Virgin and Mother? One to make all us gals fall short, it seemed. Much later, pregnant and searching to allay my fears, I stumbled on New Agey advice that described how Native American women would connect to a female spirit ancestor. Wait, I've got one of those. The experience of childbirth erased the sappy image of a thousand holy cards and replaced it with a gutsy human whose body did the hard work of bringing a precious Life into this world. And motherhood shocked me with its intimacy and fierce protectiveness; if a broken heart could link Heaven and Earth, hers must have been the one.
Photo Credit: George Smyly.
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