She is the Mother of the mysteries,
of the arcane knowledge,
secret intuitions .... her blackness is a black hole,
pulling in everyone who contemplates her,
sucking our consciousness into her mystery ....
She can be fiercee, gaunt ..... lush,
bejeweled as at Gaudulupe,
or dressed in kitsch wedding dresses.
The kitsch is indeed essential ....
it connects her with the hopes, dreams, the groans
and the laments of the ordinary people.
Thus the Black Mary is a people's Mary ....
Extract from 'Divine Woman in Christianity" in 'The Absent Mother' by Roger Horrocks.
May you feel connected and supported in your play of shadow and light.
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for a weekly sharing of Mondays with Mary
and please do visit the other inspirational
and thought-provoking offerings that finds
a home there.
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