Lenten Journey with Mary

Mother to mother,
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

Mother to Mother


Mary, from you I learn to be a mother …

life itself is always a wonder!

Love is … a moment when our heart is taken,

sensed in tingling body, soaring soul

The holy Spirit of God will come over you,

and the power of the Most High will engulf you. (Luke 1: 35)

Love is … the secret whispered in a silent twilight

as oneness and bewilderment take hold

Behold, the servant of the Lord! Come to me,

fill me, according to your word! (Luke 1:38)

Love is … promise before, and in, the witness of all,

a pledge, a covenant, two lives in one

“So joyous are you among women,

and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

But why is this granted to me - a village woman,

that the mother of the Lord should come to me?” (Luke 42-43)

Love is … a beginning, emerging, partnering

creation in front of our eyes


For indeed, as soon as your greeting came to my ears,

my baby leapt in my womb for joy! (Luke 1:44)

Love is … response, drawn from comfy bed to

an infant’s need that no mother denies

Arise, take your little Child and His mother,

flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word,

because Herod will seek to destroy him. (Matthew 2:13)

Love is … a call in the middle of the night, sleep

punctured by piercing, tiny cries

(and losing children, pain no one denies)

A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation,

weeping and great mourning.

Rachel was weeping for her children,

and couldn’t be comforted,

because they are no more. (Matthew 2:18; Jeremiah 31)

Love is … a comfort, a presence, of pain and labor

while waiting for the moment of delivery

Yes, a sword will pierce through your soul to its depths,

that many have rejected his unrequited act of love. (Luke 2:35)

Love is … the miracle of birth, struggle forgotten,

newness pulsing at our breasts maternally

Like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk

so that through it you may grow into salvation. (1 Peter:2:2-3)

Love is … poverty, death, demise of all we know of family

knowing happiness found will last eternally

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;

there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.

There shall be no more pain, for the former things

have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Love is … response, drawn from comfy bed to

an infant’s need that no mother denies

Arise, take your little Child and His mother,

flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word
because Herod will seek to destroy him.

(Matthew 2:13)


Reflection on the image:
This is an icon called the "Eleousa" Virgin. Here she is seen as the tender, loving mother. She caresses her Child showing that He is truly human, and truly needs the love of His mother. The sweet motherly mode has been depicted over and over again through the centuries. Together with the Hodegetria, showing the Virgin pointing to the Christ Child as "the Way," we see in the two icons the two natures of Christ: truly man and truly God!


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