As a convert, my relationship with Mary is complicated. I have always looked to her as the essence of purity, grace, and outstanding motherhood. But sometimes I still struggle to see her as another way to pursue Jesus. In the Protestant world that overcomplicates things. In the Catholic world, it adds another layer of fruitful complexity.
After losing my own mother 8 years ago, I am comforted knowing there are two mother-figures praying for me and my family.
Saint Pope John Paul II speaks to this need for examples of motherhood and femininity. Whether your own mother can model this for you or not, we can always look to Mary. May we all seek to live our lives as a reflection of her beautiful love:
In the light of Mary, the Church sees in the face of women the reflection of a beauty which mirrors the loftiest sentiments of which the human heart is capable:
the self-offering totality of love;
the strength that is capable of bearing the greatest sorrows;
limitless fidelity and tireless devotion to work;
the ability to combine penetrating intuition with words of support and encouragement.
John Paul II
Redemptoris Mater, par. 46