Wow, a lot has happened since my last visit to CAF.
I struggled for many years to understand Mary’s role within the Anglican church. Catholics were rather distinct in their teachings, whereas Anglican theology was a bit hit and miss. (No jokes, please :P)
Anyway, I’ve had a tough time of life, and God got me through that; but I felt such a longing for a motherly mother for many years, which had never been fulfilled.
The curate at the (Anglican) church I attend, rather out of the blue after reading scrupture in morning prayer, recommended a book to me caled “Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God” by Scott Hahn. Wow, it hit the spot and left me wanting to know more! His simple, direct, relational way of urging all denominations (not just Roman Catholics) to look to Mary as a Holy Queen and Heavenly Mother was so amazing. It finally pieced together all which low Anglican traditions miss. (High churches seem to understand Mary much better than the low, rural)
(How do you experience Anglican attitudes towards Mary?)
I went on to paint a picture of Mary and Jesus just before Christmas, but I don’t think it’s really my work, more God’s.
Anyway, I should also mention that I’m finally biting the bullet and starting to visit religious communities!
I love God!