Julie, I have never been comfortable with calling Mary my sister. I too thought it lessened her. I read your blog and a seed was planted. It took a while but I finally looked up the OOR you are speaking of (Vol IV pg 1572). What food for thought! I have been caught up in the physicality of Mary (probably for my own need for a mother) instead of listening to what Jesus is actually saying. She is blessed, honored and the most eminent member of the Body of Christ simply for keeping Gods truth in her mind than for carrying him in her womb. For the first time I can appreciate Mary as a most blessed companion and model of discipleship as mother or sister as Jesus does. Thank you.