Thank you for that excellent post.
posted on 08/11/2004 7:21:57 AM PDT
(Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!)
To: Maeve; GirlShortstop
Two of the things that stunned me when I first started studying Mary in late 2000/early 2001 were:
1. The long history of great love and devotion to Mary from the start of the Church. All the great Fathers, Doctors and Saints whose writings thrilled this-then-at-the-time Anglican consistently spoke of Mary in terms of greatest love and affection. That carried a lot of weight with me.
2. That in the past 40 years there seems to have been in many parts of the Church, a discarding of Mary as though people were ashamed of her, treating her like she was an unwanted relative at a family reunion. That horrified me! How in the heck could "catholics" toss her aside?! Didn't they ever read Liguori's "The Glories of Mary!?" (one of my all time favorites that I'm currently rereading again)
This-at-the-time-still-Anglican reacted to number 1 with delight and it spurred me on to further study. My reaction to number 2 was to tell Mary and Jesus, "if those so-called 'catholics' don't want her, you tell her she is welcome to come by my house any time she likes, if she won't be ashamed to be in the house of a semi-Catholic-Anglican. I'll be delighted to be a son of hers, and I hope she isn't ashamed to have a son like me." I meant it then, and I mean it even more now as a new Catholic.
My earthly mother was (sadly) a piece of work, and Jesus personally gave His mother to me to be my mother and fill a hole in my life. She is my momma (and I mean that term with the greatest love, affection, and respect); how could I not love her?
When I was asked last spring before my reception to choose a patron saint, for me, there was nobody else but Mary and Joseph. For me it was a no-brainer. Mary and Joseph go together, you can't have one without the other. You should have seen the twinkle in the eye and the smile on my pastor's face when he saw the card where I'd written my choice (he knew in RCIA the story of how I came to love her so much when I was still Anglican)!
Oh, get me started - I can go on when I talk about Mary.
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