|Posted by Mary Capobianco on November 13, 2018 at 9:35 PM|
Our Formation class had a wonderful conversation addressing how we felt about viewing Mary as "Sister" since the official title of the Carmelite Order is The Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. Being a practicing Protestant for nearly two decades, and not being educated in the full Catholic way as a child, I loved this entire Chapter! I have longed to delve into Mary and receive her into my heart as ALL she can be! My own mother called out to her during my dangerous birth, vowing to name me Mary if my life was spared. Well, here I am, and I want nothing more than to know her fully so that I can ultimately know her Son in an even deeper way through her eyes.
Coming back home to the Church has offered me such an opportunity to know her as Mother, Intercessor, Untier of Knots, Mother of Sorrows, Lady of Carmel, BUT to view of her as Sister, well that was amazing to ponder! I feel closer to her, with the addition of this perspective, because this allows me to see myself as a little sister, holding her hand, watching her invite me to look UP to Jesus with her with God as our Father. I can imagine walking by her side, wanting to emulate her as Christ's finest follower. I feel like my older sister wants to walk with me showing me how to keep a keen eye on Jesus, pondering everything through God's eyes rather than man's eyes. The richness of knowing her and knowing Jesus grows with this viewpoint, for me, and does not detract. She is His Mother, our Mother, but also she was His disciple and her salvation comes from her Son as well as His birth came through her obedience. WHAT a God we have to create such an intricate tapestry of depth of relationship with Jesus and His Mother!