Praying to the Mother . . . (not that one)
1) The host reviewed the Mormon missionary brouhaha in Colorado and urged forgiveness for the “kids” who made this “terrible mistake”: “Let’s show them that we practice the forgiveness and mercy that should exemplify our faith.”
2) Does the language from this commercial sound familiar (paraphrased from memory)?
Children do best with a strong mother and father in their life . . . Is anyone born without a mother? Of course not.
Does it make sense, then, that we would have a loving Heavenly Father, but no mother to call upon?
Thankfully, God did not leave us motherless.
Tune in to [my show] to explore the wonder and beauty of calling upon Holy Mary, mother of God — Mary, who the angel bowed down before saying: “Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with Thee.”
In heaven, are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare . . .
As I’ve noted here before, the concept of a Heavenly Mother is a formative aspect of my faith. When I picture of God, I tend to think of a combination of Father, Mother, Brother — of a connection to deep, familial love. But I am not unsympathetic to Lynnette’s discomfort with this slim doctrine — to the extent that our lack of knowledge (and many members’ inherent discomfort with the idea) almost encourages “projecting”: She is a blank slate for our hopes, fears, and stereotypes.
But what of Mary? I know that we don’t “Hail Mary” — though if you want to hear the rosary recited with incredible dignity, tune into Mother Angelica’s daily recitation on cable — but do we honor her as Gabriel did? Should we?
Have you spent much time thinking about Mary? What do we do with her? Is she just another woman in the scriptures? (And do you ever envy the Catholics’ access to a tangible feminine divine?)