Rosaries and shrines by Hettienne
"Moved by what I was discovering, I walked out into the moonlit
night and stood by the sea. The sea itself seemed to be saying her name.
I returned and wrote :
I realized that all the powers of the Mothers, of Tara, Durga, Kali are in Mary.
She has Tara's sublime tenderness;
Durga's inaccessible silent calm force;
the grandeur and terribilta of Kali.
But Mary is also a woman,
a poor woman
and a human mother.
In her the full path of the sacred feminine is lived.
In her we have a complete image of the Divine Mother,
an image at once transcendent and immanent,
other-worldly and this-wordly,
at once mystical and political and practical.
In Mary the Divine Mother comes to earth and lives on earth
and lives, the passionate, strong, serious,
simple and transforming life that shows us all how to live.
Mary is the bridge between heaven and earth,
between the human and the divine worlds,
between human and divine justice."
Andrew Harvey in The Return of the Mother
This must be one of my most favourite chapters in any book -
the chapter is entitled Mary Our Mother.
If you are following in these Twelve Days of Mary Pilgrimage -
my favourite time of year -
then click on the link below