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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2 thoughts on “The Church is our Mother

  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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  2. rescuedbymary

    Newenglandsun,

    There are only two emotions: Love and Fear… Love is the Divine Nature within us; the ability to experience God through our emotional capacities. Fear is the fallen nature within us. The ability to experience the evil one through our emotional capacities. Both are very real and powerful emotions. Our sensibilities are very easily manipulated however, and our adversary is aware of this and very clever and skilled at doing so.

    Adam and Eve experienced no fear until that fateful and dreadful day when they sinned against their Creator. Suddenly, they had broken fellowship with Lover and Light, and so, their minds had gained the knowledge of good and evil. This began the manipulation of their emotional capacities – fight or flight would rule the day and sleeplessness the night.

    Fear brings bondage and slavery, which had the potential to make us angry, sometimes very angry. And anger is always, without exception, rooted in fear. When we become angry we are controlled. Whatever makes you angry controls you. When we become angry we are really revealing that we are afraid, afraid of one of two things. Either we’re not going to get what we want, or we’re going to lose what we’ve got.

    Perfect love casts out all fear however, and cannot be counterfeited, as can the gifts of the Spirit. Only the Holy Ghost can shed the Love of God abroad in our hearts…! There is only one fruit of the Spirit with nine slices – Love, Joy, Peace, Faith, Gentleness, Goodness, Meekness, Temperance, Longsuffering. Against such there is no law. They cannot be forbidden. He who loveth not, hath not know God. For God is Love…

    Having been set free from the law of sin and death, let us boldly go forth therefore, knowing that our Father, EL Shaddai, The Most High God, has never done evil against us and never would. Without fear, we can approach the Throne of Grace, leaving the curse of condemnation behind us, forever.

    Rescued by Mary our Saviouress, who has given us Her Son The Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer, we are now indeed free of reprisal from an unjust, bloodthirsty and hateful God, demined to punish us out of jealousy and envy for the Image in which we have been created. We begin to see more clearly now, and not so much as through a glass darkly, because we have experienced what it’s like to be “so” loved, and have come to a knowledge of the Truth, not by ever learning what others already know, but by the Everlasting Father, who’s Holy Spirit and Divine Feminine aspect comforts us, teaches us, reveals all things to us – how to love and be loved, how to forgive and be forgiven, how to Worship the Son, Venerate the Mother, and become one with the Father through the Spirit of Truth, which is Love. It is all about Love…

    This is my commandment, that ye love one another, that your Joy may be full. This is how all men will know that ye are my disciples, the love you have for one another. Love one another as I have Love you…

    RbM

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