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

Friday, August 03, 2007

De Maria Numquam Satis

Ay, Virgen, tal gracia en vos
y luz tam diuina y clara
que por Dios os adorara
si no conociera a Dios
-Pedro Rodriguez

(Oh, Virgin, so much grace is in thee
And light so divine and splendid
That thou wouldst be adored as God
If God were unknown)

It could be argued that the real problem with the cult of the saints is not with who we reverence but how we reverence. If we are hesitant to bend our necks to anyone out of an all-too-modern pride, then we will find reverencing human beings like ourselves quite difficult. But if you can't venerate a creature who is greater than you, I don't think you will be able to venerate the Creator very well. It is this sense of awe that is lacking. It is not that the human heart must be miserly with its sense of wonder and reverence. Its sense of wonder must constantly expand and branch forth into all things.


At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

St. Escriva of Opus Dei had a deep devotion for the Blessed Mother.

Maria: Monstra te esse Matrem

Your Anglo-phile and Spain Spanish psuedo erudite literary pretensions notwithstanding---your original people, the Mexican People, La Raza Cosmica, and your indingeneous blood have some of the deepest devotion and love for the Theotokos (Teo would be the Nathual transliteration)
The devotion of poor and suffering are equal to the decadence of Renaissance artists and others.
Although Pieta has always been a favorite.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...

Mr. Vasconcelos (yes, I am aware that is not a real name, but rather a reference to a famous Mexican philosopher),

All I have to say is what the Argentines would say in this situation:

"Dejá de joder, querés?!"

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Calvin Broadus is real but Jose Vasconcelos is not?

Is that a black thang?

or a Mexican cosa?

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arthur (a nice British sounding name as in Pendragon son of Uther claimant to the Roman empire in the British Isles and wielder of the sword that was forged before man and searcher for the grail (the grail which is not a Merogivingian blood line) but the grail used by Our Lord and Savior at the Last Supper and used to take the drops of blood at the crucifixion and taken by Joseph of Arimethea to Britain (Glastonbury Stone) bastard son of Uther, the boy who was meant to be King),

I gots to agree with Joe C above that the Meskins got the best and most ardent Marian devotion (even if some pre Christian pagan roots).
Very intense.

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
Ruega por nosotros
Ruega para el sito Sarabite
Ruega por pseudo-iamblichus (and all his philosophical and theological errors)

Juan Diego
ruega por nosotros

Santos Ninos de Tlaxcala

Miguel Pro
(good guy but some fascist and unrealistic tendencies with some of the political leaning martyrs and Cristeros some nuance and complex, nonetheless)
ruega por nosotros

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Dejá de joder, querés?!"

Mexicans say that too, especially from the South

Caribeean--Puerto Rican, Cuban also say
No joda

Not just Argentinians

Mexicans also say
ya, no me mamays

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Arturo Vasquez said...


The Argentine aspect was in the use of the voseo, and not the "tu".

And I believe the best transcription of that phrase is:

"ya guey, no mames!"

At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not know that is how you spelled "way"(phonetic) or mamies (phonetic):

So maybe the above poster is not right that you are not a psuedo erudite Anglophile, Spain Spanish wannabee--but an actual cara de nopale.

I have not seen the voseo in a long time.
Vosotros only in Church.

Aren't Argentinians a little uppity and arrogant?
Lots of German and Italian blood and some Nazis hanging around?
I did hear good steaks and beautiful women---can't fault a man for that


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