Saint Mary, the Saint for Centuries
She has inspired Catholics to performed rituals, consecrating her divinity through books and images, personal devotions, as well as; homilies praising the glories of her being, untold rounds of rosary chanting, veneration’s and all manner of sacramental acts to remember and honor Mary. With all this devotion and recognition one would think Women would have a better place in society. Not so, as most Women know all too well, Saint Mary is the Mother of God and Eve was a sinner and there is very little in the middle. In this new age of spirituality we might make Mary our Friend and Guide rather than a pedestal image of unachievable perfection.
Karl Barth wrote, “The heresy of the Catholic Church is its Mariology.
The Orthodox view Saint Mary, the Saint as “superior to all created beings”, although not divine. Their theology goes on to say things like, “Mary was a virgin before, during, and immediately after the birth of Christ.” or “in her God became man and Man became God”. Truly I have no problem with such statements, I find them inspiring but the church tells us this is unattainable for every other women. The line is blurry between the high admiration for God’s active Grace in Mary and God’s active Grace in the rest of us. Seems the Church teaches us that God only chose two people as the ultimate recipients of complete Grace in Mary and Christ. What kind of God keeps a heresy of the Catholic Church where His own greatness is preserved for only two humans? Mystically these two are holy and Supernatural but where does that leave the rest of us?
In the Islamic tradition, Mary and Jesus were the only children who could not be touched by Satan at the moment of the birth of Christ, for God imposed a veil between them and Satan. Don’t you just wish you could go out and buy one of those Veils, perhaps as a gift for one of your pregnant sister in laws. For today, we can reinterpret what can be thought of as an ancient heresy of the Catholic Church.