If your default image of Mary is of a woman standing still, arms stretched out like you see in the statues, then you might like my recent column Mary and the movements of a parent’s life.
Here’s an excerpt:
Mary has more than just one pose and one look. Her life as the mother of God involved a wide range of experiences, from the happy to the harrowing. Since becoming a mom myself, Iâ€™ve discovered that there is a Mary to correspond to nearly every moment of a parentâ€™s life.
Thereâ€™s the Mary of the Annunciation, a surprised, probably scared young woman saying â€œyesâ€ to the unknown. That Mary speaks to my own experience of starting a family. While I was thrilled by the positive pregnancy test, I also knew I was saying yes to something that would challenge and stretch me in ways I could not possibly anticipate. Does Mary understand that combination of excitement and trepidation? Absolutely.
Thereâ€™s Mary on the road to Bethlehem, hunched over on a donkey and searching for a place to shelter for the night. Sheâ€™s the Mary who had to roll with the punches, who had to adapt quickly in very trying circumstances. Iâ€™ve never had to give birth in a barn, thank goodness, but when a cancelled flight meant I had to spend the entire night in an airport with a nine-month-old, I learned a lesson in How to Cope When Life Doesnâ€™t Go as Planned. (I didnâ€™t handle it with Maryâ€™s aplomb, but Iâ€™m learning.)
You can read the rest at Catholic San Francisco.