The Church is our Mother

“Let us love our Lord God, let us love His Church: Him as a Father, her as a Mother; Him as a Master, her as His Handmaid; for we are the children of the Handmaid herself. But this marriage is held together by a great love; no one offends the one and gains favor with the other… What does it profit you not to have offended your Father, when He will vindicate your offended Mother? What does it profit you to confess the Lord, to honor God, to preach Him, to acknowledge His Son, to confess the Son seated at the right hand of the Father, if you blaspheme His Church… Cling, then, beloved, cling all with one mind to God our Father and to the Church our Mother.”   ~St. Augustine

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  1. newenglandsun

    Mary is the embodiment of the Church. The Magnificat is her “I” which is a “we”.
    My soul magnifies the Lord,
    47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
    49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
    50 His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
    51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
    52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
    53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
    54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
    55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (Luke 1:46-55, NRSVCE)

    Mary, the Mother of God who is our brother.
    Romans 8:29 – “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.” (NRSVCE – footnote–“among many brothers”)

    Making Mary therefore our Mother as well as the Mother of God. Mary–the archetypal bride and true representation of the Church embodies the Church and is the Church. The Church is also the body of Christ which is what we are which is given to us in eucharist which we eat. We are what we eat–therefore, we are the body of Christ.

    I wed myself to Christ a couple weeks ago. He is my spiritual husband and I am his bride for in him all gender is transcended and completed.

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