I feel like I need to just preface this with a "sorry if I offend anyone" comment. What I'm about to say is mostly addressed to women, and I know well how personally woman take things. But here's something that's been on my mind of late.
I've noticed a new habit among young Catholics, particularly women, of referring to Our Lady as "Mama Mary." Something about this just bothers me. First off, I just think it sounds so informal. So familiar. Certainly, if we have the relationship with the Blessed Mother that we should have, we will be familiar with her. But there's still a huge amount of reverence and respect owed to her. She has a thousand and one other titles - scripture-based, revelation-based, character-based - which are beautiful and fitting. Other titles which convey her Motherhood. "Mama" seems...juvenile.
Something about that word just seems forced and unnatural. I mean, what adult woman honestly refers to her mother as "mama"? Pretty much no one, unless they are intentionally trying to be cutesy.
During personal conversation with Mary, it would be completely appropriate to address her as "Mother". But I suppose that if for certain people, actually calling her "Mama" during prayer is natural and unaffected, then I don't have a problem with it. But only when used as a personal address. Not as a title she is referenced by in conversation.
But referring to her in such as informal and un-reverent (I won't use the stronger term "irreverent") way publicly seems like a disservice somehow. That said, referring to Our Mother simply as "Mary" IS appropriate, and has been lauded by various saints (St. Alphonsus Liguori in particular). And that, too, seems somewhat "informal" - so maybe that's not the main problem I have with it.
Words means things. Calling someone by different names can express a different sense of their person. I think when people call her Mama Mary, they are trying to emphasize something. The child-like reliance they have on her? The familial closeness we should feel towards her? Those are good sentiments to remind oneself of. It still bothers me, though!
Does anyone have any insight into why this might bother me? Any arguments to make as to why it shouldn't bother me? I'd love to hear your thoughts :-)