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The Most Holy Name of Mary by Jennifer Hubbard

I knew who it was the instant they called to me. I knew it then and know it now; hers is the whisper that echoes in my heart and his is the emerging man-voice that calls me “Ma.” God created me, called me by name, and has afforded me a grace of which I am not worthy. He granted me children. He entrusted them into my care knowing the heartache and the joy, the questions and the quest for peace they would bring.

God knew all this before the essence of the very fiber of my being was woven together. And still he created me, called me by name, and afforded me a title similar to that with which he crowned his Mother for all humanity. She was named “Mary” and called blessed among women. Her purpose far greater than a human name or title, she is set apart as the holy temple by which the Beloved would be carried and sustained. And yet it is her name by which her attention is captured.

In her name she is ordained to the position for which she is created. Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you (Lk 1:28). In this moment, in this very moment, our heavenly Father entrusted his holy Lamb into her quiet grace and pure heart. She is called Mother, and in her care Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man (Lk 2:52).

He named her Mary and provided a Mother to all, a living witness of grace and serenity, an example of the purpose to which a mother is called. He called her holy so that I would call him Father.


Jennifer Hubbard resides in Newtown, Conn. The younger of her two children, Catherine Violet, was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.