Blasphemies against the Motherhood of Mary I

It seems that almost daily we encounter in the news many and varied symptoms of a widespread and unprecedented social breakdown that has been developing for some time now. Had we the vision of the prophets of old and were capable of seeing beneath the surface of events and the moral standing of mankind before God, we might be able to grasp that underlying this social breakdown is a rejection of faith, a rejection of faith in God and in his Son Jesus Christ.  When man dissolves the bonds of his obligation to God he thereby undermines the social bonds that unite men among themselves. Any unity and peace that he attempts to build without God will be illusory; all his efforts will be vain and useless. (cf. Ps 127:1)

We might even be able to say that underlying the rejection of faith in God is a rejection of the motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother who wants her children to be united in love of God and of one another.

In the Old Testament we learn about how the people of Israel, the people of God, lost their independence and was carried off into exile, not for their destruction, but ultimately for their salvation. They went into exile because they have forsaken God. Their own sins led to a loss of faith. So we could say today that the sins of Christians have led to the loss of faith and the rejection of God, leaving the life of the Church in ruins.

Now each one of us is a sinner and it might be a bit much for us to assume personally the responsibility, on account of our sins, for a social breakdown that began even before we were born; nevertheless, we also belong to the whole body of the faithful, the body of the Church; we cannot altogether separate ourselves from a wicked Pope like Alexander VI, nor from the pride and arrogance of a king like Louis XIV, nor from the many others who in various ways have sought to rend seamless garment of Christ, the garment woven by his mother, the garment that symbolizes the unity of the Church. The mother grieves when the children reject the firstborn and quarrel among themselves.

The Prophet Baruch reveals to us the lament of Jerusalem, portrayed as a mother mourning the captivity of her sinful children, who have turned away from the law of God. (cf. Bar 4:6-24) The mourning of Jerusalem foreshadows the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. So also the exhortation of mother Jerusalem foreshadows the exhortation of the Blessed Mother urging us to make the 1st Saturdays of reparation.

Fear not, my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will remember you. As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek him; for he who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy. (Bar 4:27-29)

All of this leads us to consideration of the 3rd of the blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, all the blasphemies against her divine maternity and at the same time the refusal to recognize her as the Mother of all mankind.

In the Gospel Jesus tells us, I have seen Satan fall like lightning from the sky. (Lk 10:18) If we consider the great sign of the book of Revelation, the sign of the woman clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet, and a crown of twelve stars (symbolizing the whole people of God, all of her children) about her head, a sign that is fulfilled personally in the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, (Rev. 12:1) and if we remember that the great red dragon, the serpent, Satan, opposed this sign and so fell from heaven, (cf. Rev 12:3-4, 7-9) then we will also recognize that above all the Mother of God, in her Immaculate Conception, foretold in the beginning (cf. Gen 3:15), has received from Jesus the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy. (Lk 10:19) No harm has ever touched her. From the beginning her name was written in heaven and there she now reigns together with her Son.

The Holy Mother of God is the most childlike of all who has received the fullest revelation of all the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; the Son has made known to her the mystery of the Father and the Father not only made known to her the mystery of the Son, but entrusted the Son himself to her care as her own Son, born of her own womb. Her eyes were the most blessed to behold the birth of the Son of God as man and to watch him grow to manhood beneath her care.

She is the Holy Mother of God. She is a human mother so what is born of her is human; she is the Mother of God because the person who is born of her is the very Son of God made man. In his one divine person, Jesus Christ unites inseparably the two natures, divine and human. She is the Holy Mother of God so any dishonor to her Son is a dishonor also to her; any blasphemy and insult against her Son, is a blasphemy and insult against her. (To be continued)

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Fr. Joseph Levine graduated from Thomas Aquinas College and after a long journey was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Baker, Oregon. He currently serves as pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles on the Columbia River.