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Mary & Other Women Will Not Be Discarded

We live in a world where we make people disposable. They are often treated as a means to an ends. Oriental sweat shops keep our prices down and the profits up while costing American workers their jobs. There is a mounting national debt and we seem all too willing to pass it on to the next generation so that we can sustain our standards of living and government bureacracy. Disasters happen every day around the world but we never seem to care as much as when something bad happens here at home or to people we love. While human life is incommensurate we tend to put a price tag upon the value of persons and their dignity.

The Virgin Mary remains important and was not simply a minor character in the history of salvation about whom we can forget. Just as Mary is not discarded or dumped as someone who has served her purpose; all women, indeed all people, must be regarded as having immeasurable dignity and worth. Every day is an opportunity to make a difference and to live out our calling. Our commitment to God and to one another is not simply a onetime act of faith, but a continual surrender and cooperation with God’s will. Mary’s role stretched throughout the life of Jesus, his hidden private life and later his public ministry.

Indeed, Mary continues to have a maternal role to play in the lives of all believers.

2 Responses

  1. Jesus’s mother is rightly exalted as a perfect example of fidelity.

  2. Dear Fr Joe,
    I see you are concentrating on Jesus’ mother a lot, but good for you,

    When I was growing up from the age of 11 till I was 19 for the whole of the sixties I used to HAVE to go to Benediction every Wednesday and Sunday evening and the O Salutaris, The Tantum Ergo and the Adoramus were all sung in Latin of course and the Litany of The Blessed Virgin Mary was always the ending paryers before the last hymn. Sadly that was all replaced by some ghastly guitar strumming pseudo folk rubbish that a sad nun had composed just before her demise and it put me off for a long time.

    We would always say the final prayers after the Mass for ‘The conversion of Russia’ with 3 Hail Marys, a Hail Holy Queen, paryer to St Michael and, of course the final recourse to God Himself. It’s starting to work in a big way!!!

    Then Mary seemed to disappear from Church service along with much of the reverence and quietitude and awe of the worship, and it became uncomfortable to even mention her name lest we offend our ‘echumenical bretheren’.

    It seems that now, particularly with the current Bishop of Rome, we can finally start to include all of the Heavenly Host in Catholic belief and especially the Handmaid of The Lord.

    We need to witness the foundations of our faith as much as we respect the current new structure that surrounds us and Our Holy Mother Mary can, once again, be the mediator for us to Her Divine Son as she did in love and concerned compassion as a precursor to His first miracle.

    The Protestant faiths have shown quite clearly the direction they wish to travel with the appointment of women priests, practising homosexuals and next to come, women bishops. That is their chosen direction and it leads them further from Rome. We have no need to underplay the role of Mary any more so let us, once again, place her in her rightful position, the One Conceived without Sin, The one Assumed into Heaven and the One given to each and everyone of us to be our spiritual Mother not only here on Earth but hopefully as we approach Our Saviour and Redeemer, and She will show that love for each of us just as the Love of Jesus, not only for His Mother but for each of us also, led Him to die for us and open the Gates of Heaven. We can choose to be a part of that or we can pretend that it is far less than the reality that will face us all.

    Mary truely is The Queen of Heaven despite the protestations of others.

    With Love, Paul

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