For some she is a mere impression, the fossilized remains of something once living but now only a shadow embedded in rock. For others, she is vibrant and alive, glowing and pulsing with life.
So I ask again - Who is Mary? Scholars within my Catholic tradition have put a lot of thought to this question. Countless volumes have been written - prose, poetry, scholarly and mystical thought. Entire museums are dedicated to the art made as a reflection of her uniqueness.
Recently I received an email notice of a video, just under two minutes, containing comments about the decline and resurgence of devotion to Mary. This is what led me to ask the question "How has our understanding of Mary changed?" This is what I found, in brief:
First point: "When one recognizes the place assigned to Mary by dogma and tradition, one is solidly rooted in authentic christology.
This first point is followed by a second: "The mariology of the Church comprises the right relationship, the necessary integration between Scripture and tradition.
Third point: "In her very person as a Jewish girl become the mother of the Messiah, Mary binds together, in a living and indissoluble way, the old and the new People of God,
Fourth point: "The correct Marian devotion guarantees to faith the coexistence of indispensable 'reason' with the equally indispensable 'reasons of the heart,' as Pascal would say.
Fifth point: "To use the very formulations of Vatican II, Mary is 'figure,' 'image' and 'model' of the Church.
Sixth and last point of this synthesis: "With her destiny, which is at one and the same time that of Virgin and of Mother, Mary continues to project a light upon that which the Creator intended for women in every age, ours included, or, better said, perhaps precisely in our time, in which—as we know—the very essence of femininity is threatened.
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