Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Freedom’s Mother Libertatis Mater ed.)

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I heard a priest a while back attack the phrase “Mater Ecclesiae” which refers to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God as the Mother of the Church. He went on the attack because this title of Jesus’ good Mom was used by Saint Paul VI during an Ecumenical Council about which he allows himself to be thrown into a maelstrom of continuous tantrums. The Church is the Body of Christ, Christ the Head and we the members. Mary is indeed Mater Dei, the Mother of God, of Jesus, God-Man, who, again, is the Head of the Body while we are members.

What if — oooh! scandal of all scandals ever to scandalize! — what if we were to come up with a title such as Mother of Freedom and what if we had the nerve to put that title into Latin? Here we go: Mater Libertatis.

  • “Splutter, splutter! Spit, spit! Father George, you don’t understand! Freedom is a word used by those who say that any and all religions are just the same as each other, who say that all truth is relative, who say that we are to be free of the oppressive truth and oppressive goodness and oppressive kindness of Mary’s Son, Jesus Christ our God. Stop using the word Freedom!

But instead, if I choose in my freedom by the grace of God to enjoy the freedom of the children of God, that is good, and gives glory to God:

  • “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.” (Romans 8:14-21)

Note how Saint Paul would have us the children of God, and therefore with Mary also as our mother inasmuch as she is also the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of God, the Mother of our very Freedom, the Mother of Freedom. Here’s a picture of that Mother of Freedom, not for tender snowflakes entitled to freedom being narcissism; ours is a freedom to lay down our lives for others:

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So, heaps and heaps and heaps of flowers for you, Mary Immaculate!

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10 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Freedom’s Mother Libertatis Mater ed.)

  1. Aussie Mum

    “Mother of Freedom” is a beautiful title if understood as you mean it, Father, but I don’t think everyone would understand it the way you do because “freedom” means different things to different people. Freedom, like love, is often misunderstood and abused today.

  2. sanfelipe007

    Oh Father, an example of motherly love:

    The mother was killed in the fire when she went back in to save her 8 year old, who unbeknownst to her, had been pulled out already.

    • Aussie Mum

      So beautiful that she sacrificed her life attempting to save her child and so sad that her children will be without her now. May she rest in peace and her children have a loving father or other adult who will love them and raise them to appreciate their mother’s love for them.

  3. Aussie Mum

    Yes, “Co-Redemptrix”! It did wake me up when I saw that title this morning, Father, but I didn’t have time to respond then as our parish priest was coming with Our Lord in Holy Communion and I had to get ready. (They come Fridays now.)
    I was wrong to worry about the title “Mother of Freedom” being misunderstood. Calling our Immaculate Mother “Co-Redemptrix” would be misunderstood today as well and many Protestants would be appalled but it is true nonetheless and Our Lady should be appreciated, loved and praised with all the beautiful titles we can shower upon her. Those titles are like flowers in a way.
    So yes, Mater Redemptoris, Mater Libertatis …

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