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Old 31st August 2007, 06:13 PM
Climacus Areopagite Climacus Areopagite is offline
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Default Mary and the Moon

Mary and the Moon

“O Lord, my heart has not been exalted, and my eyes have not been raised up. Neither have I walked in greatness, nor in wonders beyond me.”

Mary reflects her Divine Son,
as the moon reflects the sun.

And as the moon is invisible and nothing,
were it not for the sun,
so Mary is nothing. It is her glory. And she is the glory of glories of the Son.

And as the darkness receives the light of sun,
through the moon,
so weak men, in the darkness of their souls, receive the Light, through Mary.

And the moon makes the tides to rise and fall according to Providence,
so Mary freely executes the will of God.

And as the moon beams its rays
penetrating the somber night,
so Mary beams graces of Christ, penetrating the night of our true selves,
with warmth, courage, and light.

As the moon is beyond earth in space,
so Mary is beyond men in holiness.

And as the moon eclipses the sun reminding men,” There is no earthen-life were it not for me!”
So Mary shows us,
there is no spiritual life apart from Christ.

The moon is poor and barren,
and Mary is poor, yet full of grace and God’s life.

And as the moon is often faint and hidden, to the eyes of men, in the blue of day,
so the sanctity of Mary is hidden in God beyond our grasp.

And men love to write and sing of the moon,
and the same pour out their books and verse of Mary.

And as men gaze and wonder at the moon,
the same wander in sublime thought of Mary.

The moon is brightest among all the celestial bodies,
and Mary is the greatest of all the saints of Heaven. All-together—

So on earth, at night, we pilgrims, at the moon so often dream—
since truly Mother, Mary, we long to be, with thee.
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