Between Time and National Geographic, these magazines are constantly in search for Mary featuring the many images of her face. It sells. I must admit I bought the Time special reissue of Life’s Classic edition not that I am searching for Mary but curious what people write about her.
What do they so vitally require from this most famous of mother figures?
How has she, once an unknown, grown to be such immense personality?
Why are 2 billion Hail Marys said daily?
Why did 6 million people, many non-Christian visit Lourdes this year to drink and bathe in the healing waters?
Why did more than 10 million trek to Guadalupe to pray to Our Lady?
Why is it thought that more girls have been names for Mary than for any other historical figure?
Why the apparitions?
Why the need to talk with her?
Why are Mary hymns creeping into Methodist song books?
How can it be that Mary adorns the banners of liberals who seek a greater role for women in all churches, and those of conservative who would keep ministries all male?
What is it about Mary? A meditation on Mary by Robert Sullivan.
Why so many questions? Isn’t it enough that Mary said Yes to become the Mother of God?
Juan Diego never questioned Our Lady of Guadalupe when she appeared to him. St. Bernadette relayed that Our Lady of Lourdes is the immaculate conception to the Bishop when she doesn’t even know what it means. The three shepherds obeyed Our Lady of Fatima to say the rosary daily even the children don’t know the full prayer and just repeated Hail Mary, Hail Mary, Hail Mary.
Intellectualizing what Mary is about causes more confusion. I just pray the rosary and meditate on this,
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you
Blessed are you among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Soon enough I completely forgotten the questions what is it about Mary.