MARY AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION: AN IMAGINATIVE GEM

A sublime manifesto. Brief, but no mere trifle. Simultaneously lucid and poetic, Wendy M. Wright’s “Mary and the Catholic Imagination” dips its pen into a desperately needed Sophiastic inkwell. An excerpt from her introduction: “I encountered the fascinatingly polymorphous religious symbol and touchingly intimate presence who answers to the name of Mary…She occupies a generous space in the hearts of those who speak tom look to, identify with, implore, honor, and hope in her. In a conceptual world in which sacred presence is powerfully sensed, she is among those presences most poignantly and deeply felt.” That last line could just … Continue reading MARY AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION: AN IMAGINATIVE GEM

The Annunciation, Stations of the Cross, Pieta.

The Annunciation, Stations of the Cross, Pieta. In The Mary Myth, Andrew Greely writes, ” The Marian symbol is surely one of the most powerful symbols in the Western Tradition. Virtually every major painter from the fifth to the sixteenth century painted at least one Madonna. The Marian paintings and poetry tell us far more about the power and meaning of the Madonna than theology books could possibly portray.  Art is much better at conveying limit-experience than scholarly theology.” [1] Last year, at the beginning of seminary, I began a series of works on canvas, entitled Stations to parallel my … Continue reading The Annunciation, Stations of the Cross, Pieta.

OUR LADY: CATHOLICISM’S DIAPHANOUS ADAGIO

“Our Lady of the Mermaids.” © 2011 Alfred Eaker When it comes to Mariology, even self-proclaimed liberal, protestant denominations passionately raise objections towards the Catholic tradition of elevating Mary to the level of near goddess, arguing that she is an impossible role model for women (being both virgin and mother) and, understandably, resisting the ultra right’s tendency to use her image as a suppressive, brow-beating weapon. Certainly, Marian symbology has often been used as a correctional tool, something akin to a “What Would Mary Do?” motivational. Mary, in her ever-virginal state, has often been reduced to bumper sticker theology, in … Continue reading OUR LADY: CATHOLICISM’S DIAPHANOUS ADAGIO