My answer is Mary, the Mother of Jesus, hands down. For starters, as my mother likes to point out, we ought to venerate and honor Mary because, “The woman who potty-trained Jesus has to be pretty great.” But in all seriousness, in the person of Mary we have, at the same time, utter humility and utter strength.
Mary was no weakling. It takes a strong person — indeed, the strongest that ever lived, in my opinion — to literally bear the Son of God, raise him, then watch him be brutally tortured and crucified. Hence Mary’s title of Theotokos, or “God-bearer,” proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 431. And yet, she made herself small that the world might come to know her divine son more fully.
Using the analogy of the moon to describe Mary, Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “The moon does not take away from the brilliance of the sun. All its light is reflected from the sun. The Blessed Mother reflects her Divine Son; without him, she is nothing. With him she is the mother of men.”
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Matthew Sewell, a Denver Broncos fan and amateur Chestertonian, loves golf, music, truth and good food. A lifelong Catholic, he graduated from a Catholic college (Carroll College; Helena, Mont.) but experienced a “re-version” to the faith during graduate studies at a state school (N. Arizona; Flagstaff, Ariz.). Irony is also one of his favorite things. He and his wife currently reside in Spokane, though they’re Montanans at heart. He blogs at mtncatholic.com.
I heard the same quiver in my mother’s voice when she learned she had a gay daughter. She couldn’t reconcile her faith with this kind of motherhood, so she left. I grew up practicing the same faith my mom did, so I understood her abandonment.