Some time ago, I stayed with a friend who is studying Catholic Theology at a Swiss university. We had some difficult conversations about the Faith. Difficult because we once shared many beliefs, but now stand in very different places. Our current differing perspectives clashed.
Something my friend said to me, still rings in my ears. She said that “Mary was just a mum”.
What my friend does not know, is that this particular comment, “Mary was just a mum”, penetrated me in such a deeply painful way, that I was effected the rest of that evening and the whole of the next day. In fact, the following morning, I cried through much of my Rosary prayer and then at Holy Mass.
I cried because I felt so much pain at the dishonouring of Our Lady, the Mother of Our Lord and our Mother. A dishonouring of the mystery that brought Her into relationship with the Holy Trinity.
I cried because my friend it seems to me, has been sucked into an academic world that is destroying the Faith, by materialising its mystery.
I cried because this attempted destruction is occurring everywhere. That is, for example, my friend will go forth to teach these things, like countless others across the world, indoctrinated by these so-called ´truths´.
I recall a lecture, given by the head of faculty at the Anglican university I attended some years ago in Wales.
He taught us that in the past, people believed in angels, demons, the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection. Yet, in this day and age, these things are understood for what they truly are, superstitions and not reality!
At another time, a different lecturer laughed, when someone mentioned the dangers of Satan.
At a Novus Ordo Mass in the Chapel of the Apparitions in Paray-le-Monial, France (where Saint Margeurite Marie witnessed the revelations of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord), an older priest celebrated Mass. In his homily, he mentioned the dangers of Satan and the congregation almost gasped. One could have heard a pin drop, whilst it seemed as if everyone held their breath in shock.
Even as I write these things, I have tears in my eyes, as I ponder these tragedies. The tragedy of the so-called demythologisation of the Faith, so that it can neatly fit into our modern, secular materialistic mindset.
And I imagine that as I weep at these things, the angels are weeping with me. I imagine, that whilst Satan laughs at these victories, the broken Heart of Our Lady bleeds.
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