I remember that old joke. A man died and went to Heaven, then came back to Earth. Everyone asked him what God looked like. "She's black!", he
Hmmmmmm, yes, Catholics adopting and adapting Mary, as the feminine side. "Perpetual virgin", huh. Poor gal. Unless that means if you fall short,
you can revert back to being a PV. Ok, enough sacrilege for now.
Funny. I remember somewhere in the Bible it is said that in Heaven there is no male/female. So we only need this distinction on Earth then.
The closest we'll ever come to a "Heaven on Earth" is when women can become Catholic priests. lol
The more I thought about Catholism, the more I thought about how much has been borrowed from really, really oldtime religions, I was amazed.
Intercessor ... shaman...priest. Sacrifice to placate a deity. Altar. Temples...churches. Special priestly dress.
Greeks (and Romans) didn't have priests, but there were the (female) Oracles...a type of intercessor?
The more I started to "look behind the curtain", I found that the "curtain" was keeping "God" small. Take off this oldest time religion stuff,
and there is a truly beautiful, catholic God/Goddess. Humans tend to make a "God" into one own's image, and not the other way around.
Truly, there is "one God", but that "God" is not split into male and female, but has aspects of both. We pray for what we need. We might pray, for
instance for either a male or a female strength, or we might pray for either a male or female wisdom. We pray to "get" what we already have, that
which we cannot find in us. Hmmmmm, in reality we are praying to be "enlightened", to find what is there already.
Unfortunately, Mary often has not quite measured up as a substitute Isis, a "stand alone goddess". She "has her place". Catholic women have been
given a male god to worship, with a female goddess to emulate.
lol You must have had a lot of this ...
...at the meal.
You know, once I understood the joke about God being Black, I couldn't go back.