Friday, August 15, 2008

The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin

Photo by Cynthia Burgess

The above is the Lady Shrine at St. John's Center for Spiritual Formation. I found the icon while on vacation some years ago in New Mexico.

Today I have found some interesting quotations by the great reformers about Our Lady. Here are a few by Martin Luther. Take a look:

Mary is the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of us even though it was Christ alone who reposed on her knees . . . If he is ours, we ought to be in his situation; there where he is, we ought also to be and all that he has ought to be ours, and his mother is also our mother.
There can be no doubt that the Virgin Mary is in heaven. How it happened we do not know. And since the Holy Spirit has told us nothing about it, we can make of it no article of faith . . . It is enough to know that she lives in Christ.

The veneration of Mary is inscribed in the very depths of the human heart.
[She is the] highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ . . . She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough.

Let us give thanks this day for Mary, Christ's mother and ours.

1 comment:

  1. lovely quotes - i have a strong affinity for Mary - i have several icons of the mother and child in my home which bring me great a child she was the statue in the catholic church that i knelt before and talked to....i connected with her being female...we had some lovely conversations as i recall.....


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