Real Woman, Real Mother

Who was Mary, really?
by Dr. Virginia M. Kimball | Source: ESBVM.org

Today many ask about Mary: Who is she really?  Was she like all other women or was she a special creation of God?  Did she know joys and sorrows in life to any deep passion like other mothers? Did she ever doubt? Did she ever feel angry? Did she ever have pain in her body? How did she know God – as a prophet, as a mystic, as someone directed and controlled always by a divine force, or as a mother who suffers and yet harbors joy on a daily basis throughout life?

Wisest of scholars, most humble of men and women, greatest of popes, most renowned theologians, and saints have asked all these questions. In contemporary times, women in particular, have carefully considered whether there are any special insights into understanding Mary, the mother of Christ.

Does the experience of motherhood and being a woman shed light on who Mary was?  The world today seeks Mary, the woman needed by a society devastated by war, poverty, loss of integrity, and secularism.  This Mary is a woman of social justice and liberation.  Some in our world seek the love of a woman who has no sexual expectations and represents purity. They find a Mary who is chaste and spotless. Some need a woman of authority, leadership, and power. We have to be cautious, however, not to make Mary for ourselves but to know her as a real person.

Is Mary the mother of liberation?  Yes, but perhaps not bound by political contexts in today’s world. Is Mary the comforter? Yes, but perhaps her purity is more centered in holiness than a negative regard for sexuality. Is she powerful in some way?  Of course, but she really can’t be considered a woman of power in the world’s way. It is Mary who leads us always to her Son as mother of Christ and mother for the Church --  Christ’s body in the world. She leads us to the power of God. And, she has the power of a mother … which is enduring love.

Mary is disciple, a woman who “understood” the incarnation as it took place in her body. She could see God’s plan to reunite with humanity happening through her own life. As a Beloved One, God seeks to reconcile with humanity.  His mother is, in this sense, a “Bride Unwedded,” a phrase adopted for her from ancient ages of the Church.

From creation’s first pulse, God’s love is poured out to humanity like a lover to the beloved, an Un-Seeable Energy proposing marriage to human creatures. What was the reason?  The Un-Seeable Energy was a radiation of pure love.

No one knows motherhood like a mother.  However, to really recapture who Mary was means we must learn about the fruit of historical, social, biblical, and archaeological studies!  As our knowledge deepens, it is imperative to balance scholarly knowledge and theological insights alongside spiritual experience and insights of the faithful, especially faith-filled mothers today. 

Those who know Mary in prayer can reveal who Mary is for the Church today. The theology of understanding Mary is called “Mariology.” But theology only stays alive with those who pray and live the Christian life.

Our minds are often alive with curiosity.  As we seek to learn details about Mary, what she really was like and what she really experienced, we must proceed in a prayer. Even when Mary asked her own question, “How can this be since I have not been with a man?” … her answer came in prayer. God replied in her heart.

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Published by: James M. Essig
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
It is a shame that more woman to not look up to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the greatest created person. In some of Her Church approved apparitions, she mentions her title as the Queen of the Universe. In the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorie, she refers to Herself as the Queen of the Cosmos, the Queen of all Creation, the Queen of everything not God, according to an interview with one of the visionaries. She loves God’s creation so much that it has been stated that She wants to be the Mother of all Creation. In one of Her alleged apparitions, I believe but I am not sure, she stated as her strong desire to become all the more fully, Mother of all Creation. We can give a special favor to Our Lady by praying to God for this desire of Her’s to be fully realized. We should not shrink from adhering to the belief that the BVM is indeed the Queen of the Universe. If she is the Queen of Heaven and the Queen of the Angels, which are much higher levels of reality than the physical cosmos or bodily beings respectively, we can be sure that she is the Queen of everything not God. Woman ought to take pride that the greatest human person, indeed, the greatest created person, is a woman. Her purity, modesty, and beauty ought to inspire all woman to model their life after her. Our Lady, is not only the Queen of the Cosmos, she is the Mother of God in a very real way. She is also our Mother. For those who are looking for maternal parental love that only a Mother can give, either because of estranged relations with their biological or adoptive mothers, and for guys with strained or unmet needs of acceptance or approval from members of the opposite sex or who have been hurt by close relationships with woman gone bad, realize that the Mother of God is also your Mother also. She respects each and everyone of us as unique individuals and loves us with a love beyond all telling as unique individuals as we are. In her multitude of apparitions over the past several centuries, both Church approved ones and those that have not had official endorsement of the Vatican or the local Bishop, she often has appeared crying to the persons she has appeared to over what we as humanity are doing to ourselves, both on an individual and society wide basis. If a Mother who has been exalted far above all other creatures by grace to the throne of Her Divine Son can appear crying profusely at times because she is saddened by what our sins are doing to ourselves and our civilization, even though she beholds the face of God in the Glory of the Beatific Vision with the fullness of grace of being Full of Grace, you, myself, in fact all of us can be assured of Her incredible love for us and yes, each one of us as an individual on an individual basis. For all woman, whether you are called to the married life, the single life, the life as a consecrated virgin, or the life as a religious such as a Nun, and for all of you woman who have been the subject of abuse, intimidation, or domination by members of the opposite sex, realize that Our Lady understands what you are going through perfectly. Take some solace in the fact that the greatest human person, indeed, the greatest created person is a Woman. Take pride in this fact and realize that the Mother of God is not a man, but is a woman and that the Mother of God can, by definition, only be a woman. And guys, if you have ever had a desire for a deep friendship with the ultimate woman, in beauty, grace, kindness, sweetness, intelligence, power and all other virtues that a creature can have, you already have it from Our Lady. She won’t by any means have a one night stand with you, but she respects and will respect you for all eternity for what a great person and work of God you are. She loves you with a pure love as only the ultimate mother can give that is far deeper than any girl friend or wife can give you on Earth. Having trouble living up to Christian ideals, whether you are a Man or a Woman, Boy or Girl, ask Mary for help. She will intercede for You before the Throne of God as only a Mother can. May the Good Lord bring You all into the fullness of His Presence. Thanks; Jim

Published by: James M. Essig
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
It is a shame that more woman to not look up to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the greatest created person. In some of Her Church approved apparitions, she mentions her title as the Queen of the Universe. In the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorie, she refers to Herself as the Queen of the Cosmos, the Queen of all Creation, the Queen of everything not God, according to an interview with one of the visionaries. She loves God’s creation so much that it has been stated that She wants to be the Mother of all Creation. In one of Her alleged apparitions, I believe but I am not sure, she stated as her strong desire to become all the more fully, Mother of all Creation. We can give a special favor to Our Lady by praying to God for this desire of Her’s to be fully realized. We should not shrink from adhering to the belief that the BVM is indeed the Queen of the Universe. If she is the Queen of Heaven and the Queen of the Angels, which are much higher levels of reality than the physical cosmos or bodily beings respectively, we can be sure that she is the Queen of everything not God. Woman ought to take pride that the greatest human person, indeed, the greatest created person, is a woman. Her purity, modesty, and beauty ought to inspire all woman to model their life after her. Our Lady, is not only the Queen of the Cosmos, she is the Mother of God in a very real way. She is also our Mother. For those who are looking for maternal parental love that only a Mother can give, either because of estranged relations with their biological or adoptive mothers, and for guys with strained or unmet needs of acceptance or approval from members of the opposite sex or who have been hurt by close relationships with woman gone bad, realize that the Mother of God is also your Mother also. She respects each and everyone of us as unique individuals and loves us with a love beyond all telling as unique individuals as we are. In her multitude of apparitions over the past several centuries, both Church approved ones and those that have not had official endorsement of the Vatican or the local Bishop, she often has appeared crying to the persons she has appeared to over what we as humanity are doing to ourselves, both on an individual and society wide basis. If a Mother who has been exalted far above all other creatures by grace to the throne of Her Divine Son can appear crying profusely at times because she is saddened by what our sins are doing to ourselves and our civilization, even though she beholds the face of God in the Glory of the Beatific Vision with the fullness of grace of being Full of Grace, you, myself, in fact all of us can be assured of Her incredible love for us and yes, each one of us as an individual on an individual basis. For all woman, whether you are called to the married life, the single life, the life as a consecrated virgin, or the life as a religious such as a Nun, and for all of you woman who have been the subject of abuse, intimidation, or domination by members of the opposite sex, realize that Our Lady understands what you are going through perfectly. Take some solace in the fact that the greatest human person, indeed, the greatest created person is a Woman. Take pride in this fact and realize that the Mother of God is not a man, but is a woman and that the Mother of God can, by definition, only be a woman. And guys, if you have ever had a desire for a deep friendship with the ultimate woman, in beauty, grace, kindness, sweetness, intelligence, power and all other virtues that a creature can have, you already have it from Our Lady. She won’t by any means have a one night stand with you, but she respects and will respect you for all eternity for what a great person and work of God you are. She loves you with a pure love as only the ultimate mother can give that is far deeper than any girl friend or wife can give you on Earth. Having trouble living up to Christian ideals, whether you are a Man or a Woman, Boy or Girl, ask Mary for help. She will intercede for You before the Throne of God as only a Mother can. May the Good Lord bring You all into the fullness of His Presence. Thanks; Jim

Published by: James M. Essig
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
It is a shame that more woman to not look up to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the greatest created person. In some of Her Church approved apparitions, she mentions her title as the Queen of the Universe. In the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorie, she refers to Herself as the Queen of the Cosmos, the Queen of all Creation, the Queen of everything not God, according to an interview with one of the visionaries. She loves God’s creation so much that it has been stated that She wants to be the Mother of all Creation. In one of Her alleged apparitions, I believe but I am not sure, she stated as her strong desire to become all the more fully, Mother of all Creation. We can give a special favor to Our Lady by praying to God for this desire of Her’s to be fully realized. We should not shrink from adhering to the belief that the BVM is indeed the Queen of the Universe. If she is the Queen of Heaven and the Queen of the Angels, which are much higher levels of reality than the physical cosmos or bodily beings respectively, we can be sure that she is the Queen of everything not God. Woman ought to take pride that the greatest human person, indeed, the greatest created person, is a woman. Her purity, modesty, and beauty ought to inspire all woman to model their life after her. Our Lady, is not only the Queen of the Cosmos, she is the Mother of God in a very real way. She is also our Mother. For those who are looking for maternal parental love that only a Mother can give, either because of estranged relations with their biological or adoptive mothers, and for guys with strained or unmet needs of acceptance or approval from members of the opposite sex or who have been hurt by close relationships with woman gone bad, realize that the Mother of God is also your Mother also. She respects each and everyone of us as unique individuals and loves us with a love beyond all telling as unique individuals as we are. In her multitude of apparitions over the past several centuries, both Church approved ones and those that have not had official endorsement of the Vatican or the local Bishop, she often has appeared crying to the persons she has appeared to over what we as humanity are doing to ourselves, both on an individual and society wide basis. If a Mother who has been exalted far above all other creatures by grace to the throne of Her Divine Son can appear crying profusely at times because she is saddened by what our sins are doing to ourselves and our civilization, even though she beholds the face of God in the Glory of the Beatific Vision with the fullness of grace of being Full of Grace, you, myself, in fact all of us can be assured of Her incredible love for us and yes, each one of us as an individual on an individual basis. For all woman, whether you are called to the married life, the single life, the life as a consecrated virgin, or the life as a religious such as a Nun, and for all of you woman who have been the subject of abuse, intimidation, or domination by members of the opposite sex, realize that Our Lady understands what you are going through perfectly. Take some solace in the fact that the greatest human person, indeed, the greatest created person is a Woman. Take pride in this fact and realize that the Mother of God is not a man, but is a woman and that the Mother of God can, by definition, only be a woman. And guys, if you have ever had a desire for a deep friendship with the ultimate woman, in beauty, grace, kindness, sweetness, intelligence, power and all other virtues that a creature can have, you already have it from Our Lady. She won’t by any means have a one night stand with you, but she respects and will respect you for all eternity for what a great person and work of God you are. She loves you with a pure love as only the ultimate mother can give that is far deeper than any girl friend or wife can give you on Earth. Having trouble living up to Christian ideals, whether you are a Man or a Woman, Boy or Girl, ask Mary for help. She will intercede for You before the Throne of God as only a Mother can. May the Good Lord bring You all into the fullness of His Presence. Thanks; Jim

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