The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Thursday, May 24, 2007

And Remember...


Always pray to the Virgin, especially when you're sad, and she will take your sorrows away. And remember to thank her when you are happy, too. Mothers like to be thanked.

5 Comments:

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

I don't want to offend some people who read this blog, but Protestantism seems like such a sad religion. I mean, any religion that does not have a woman at/near the center of it just seems so gloomy. I mean, where is the eye of the child going to rest if not on the delicate eyes of a mother? What comfort just as a human being is there in all of that, really? You can talk all you want about there only being one mediator, one redeemer, etc., and all of that is to some extent true. Calvin and friends could construct a very tight theological net in which all people are booted out save for Christ, but that reduces Christ quite a bit from what He intended to be, does it not?

All I know is that Mary has been my greatest comfort in life. Maybe that is near blasphemy, but so be it. There were times in my life when I was an atheist that I believed more in the Mother of God than I believed in God. Hey, I'm just telling the truth. If woman is the splendor of the cosmos, God shined His light through her too. His name was Christ. Christ came into the world through a woman, and He enters into our hearts also through a woman. (See Origen.) If God had not done so, if it is conceivable that God created a universe where this was not the economy of salvation, the beauty and splendor of womanhood itself would have thrusted itself through God's plans and made itself known.

Besides, if the Son of God always went to Mary for comfort, why can't I?

I just don't understand Christianity without Mary. You might as well have Christianity without a cross, for without Mary, there would have been no fruit of salvation hanging from that tree.

 
At 5:44 AM, Anonymous Jonathan Bonomo said...

Your statements here do make me a tad uneasy. But those last couple sentences I can certainly agree with. Mary is vital to our redemption. Jesus didn't just drop from the skies. He was birthed, nurtured, and cared for by a woman whose name was Mary, and whom all nations shall henceforth call blessed.

Peace, brother.

 
At 6:42 AM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

Dear Jonathan,

I suppose in diplomatic terms, we have to agree to disagree. Even if I don't understand your position, you should at least know mine. I have known many High Church Anglicans (not Anglo-Catholics) who I still got along with regardless of their lack of Marian devotion.

Besides, I figure, Mary still loves you...

 
At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Jonathan Bonomo said...

Hah! Yes, and I'm thankful for that! I actually have a much higher Mariology than most Protestants, so I am certainly more than willing to "agree to disagree" on this issue.

I do indeed embrace Mary as my Mother, and mother of all the faithful. It's just that how this works itself out practically in my life takes on a much different shape than it does in yours.

Surely there are certain ideological differences, but in the end we can agree on many things about Mary.

A brief description of my views on Mary:

http://www.reformedcatholicism.com/?p=922

Grace and peace to you,

Jonathan

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your unapologetic devotion to the MOther of God!!! It is most needed!!

Most Holy Theotokos, Save us!!!

 

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