Sunday, April 30, 2006

On Mary
Outside the church Mary seemed gargantuan and monolithic, and an object of worship. Inside the church, behind the brilliance of the Eucharist, she seems almost neglected. Such is the effect of perspective.
- obpoet

The church is very cautious about Marian apparitions for example. They’re not really part of the faith but tolerated if they’re provably not fake and their messages are sound.

Also, the Gospel reading both at Mass in the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Roman Rite and (partial) at the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite equivalent (Luke 11:27-28) is paradoxical, warning against fulsome or false devotion (as described by none other than extreme Marian St Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort for example, not to be confused with true devotion).
At that time: It came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
She was the first and is the greatest Christian. Her importance is entirely theological — we know next to nothing about her personally. Contra Nestorianism and its resurfacing in Protestantism, to be good Christians we are first good Marians. A consistent witness to the truth of the Incarnation.

On total Marian consecration: All can, some should, none must.

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