Brian’s Reflection: Monday, August 15, 2011
Let it be to me according to Your will.
The Blessed Virgin Mary; her feast
day is today (variously called “The Feast
of the BVM (spare, non-committal; how
Anglican!); the Assumption (how Roman!);
the Dormition (how Orthodox!) The
Protestants don’t keep it (how Protestant!)
Who knows when she was born,
if born, how born; IMHO she is, at most
profound, an eternal Myth of the God
potentially given birth in each of us.
O, what a tangled web we weave
when first we practice to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott, poet, novelist; he was
born on this date, 1771, in Edinburgh
(God, I love Scotland!)
A closed mind is a dying mind.
Edna Ferber, she was born on this
date, 1885, in Kalamazoo MI
All religions have been made by men.
Napoleon, Emperor; he was born on this
date, 1769, on the isle of Corsica
August 15. What a Bonanza! So, here’s a hodge-podge.
The BVM. If anyone asks you, you heard it here folks! Here’s the skinny. The Mystery of what it means to be Alive has occurred in you and in me and in every existing thing. You are Mary, I am Mary ….. IF we assent to be Theotokoi – bearers of Life. Our choice.
Scott: Truth is the ultimate source of Freedom, Peace, and Joy. First step: self-knowledge.
Ferber: Minds can be fueled by Fear or by Wonder. Choose Wonder.
Napoleon: Religion is the structure humans build around Mystery. They mustn’t be confused; the mistake is fatal. Religion is only a (wo)manmade tool ….. and if we mis-shape the tool, the end can only be profoundly deforming. Look around.
Living is ecstasy. So I find it, more and more as I age. Dennis’s smile leaves me breathless!