Wednesday, January 10, 2007

What We Need

The Incarnation of the Human Values Necessary to My Life

"A German Catholic priest told that one day he saw a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary hanging in place of honor in the cabinet of Field Marshal Hindenburg. As the priest did not hide his surprise, Hindenburg (who was a Lutheran) said, "I see in the Blessed Virgin the incarnation of the human values necessary to my life."

Is it possible to dream of a better definition of what Mary has brought to the world? To a world completely abandoned to proud egoism, Mary teaches the humility of Bethlehem. To a world dominated by money and greed, she recalls the poverty of Nazareth. To a twisted, dishonest world, she brings truth and simplicity. To a world that gets more and more hardened by hatred every day, she repeats her lessons of gentleness. To an impure and vain world, she offers the testimony of her fertile virginity. To an aged world, she brings her eternal youth."

H. Engelmann Excerpt from his book I Lost the Faith (J’ai perdu la foi, p.91)


Bryan said...

Good thoughts. More and more, I understand Mary better which causes me to love her more. That's saying a lot from an old Southern Baptist guy!

Thanks for the post.


Phil B. said...

Thanks Bryan. I have some Baptist ties myself, having graduated from Baylor with a B.A. in 1979. I taught Sunday School in a SBC Church there but never joined because it would have required re-baptism.

Even so, I think even my Baptist friends would agree with Mary's instructions in today's gospel... John 2:1-11 the Wedding Feast at Cana. She said "Do whatever He (Jesus) tells you." Her role is always and ever to lead us to her Son... and this she does in a most gracious way by showing us what true faith in God looks like. "Be it done to me according to Your Word."