What’s in a name?

Wiper of Noses. Chief Cook. Occasional Scribbler. Seeker of Insight.

As I brainstormed a list of titles for myself, a Catholic writer mom, these are four that popped into my mind. They are not the sum total of who I am, of course (thank goodness for that!), but each one is a little fragment of what I do. They say something about who I am, what I stand for.

Of course, my lame impromptu list of titles cannot compare to Mary’s. In Catholic tradition, she’s known by all kinds of fabulous names: Our Lady of Peace. Mystical Rose. Seat of Wisdom. Cedar of Lebanon (yes, really!). Her list of titles is the work of centuries. As Christians over the years have engaged with Mary in prayer and reflection, they’ve found new ways to express what she does, who she is, and what she stands for.

And you know what?  This long list of names makes perfect sense to me.

After all, no woman — least of all Mary — can ever be captured in a single phrase.

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