Letter to the Editor,
The Virgin Mary in current events
The Virgin Mary making the news: one an honorable mention, the other a dishonorable mention.
First, the honorable mention; the December 2015 cover of National Geographic magazine features the artistic depiction of the face of Mary from the magnificent painting “The Virgin and the Child” by Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, known as Sandro Botticelli, an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance, with the title story “Mary The Most Powerful Woman in the World” by the accomplished and award-winning writer Maureen Orth.
She was married to the late political journalist Tim Russert, who was the moderator of Meet the Press.
The article examines the depth and breadth of the devotion to Mary around the world and it is evident that a tremendous amount of research went into the writing of this feature story.
The Bible’s New Testament records Mary briefly, but her images and legacy have been eminently renowned throughout the ages.
The article features a world wind tour of the people and places that give witness to this extraordinary popular piety reflecting again and again the intimate and personal relationship people have with Mary as a mother.
Now, unfortunately to the most disgraceful and dishonorable mention of Mary in the news.
The TV show “Scandal” truly lived up to its name by exhibiting a most scandalous episode ironically dubbed the Christmas show.
This episode featured the show’s main character undergoing an abortion, as the popular Christmas hymn “Silent Night” played in the background.
The words of the first stanza: “Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright, Round yon Virgin Mother and Child! Holy Infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace!” a song that celebrates the birth of Christ set in juxtaposition to the scene that seemingly eviscerates the child from the womb.
Then, on the night where hours before the main character had an abortion, she is seen at her apartment with a tall glass of red wine, gazing at her Christmas tree as “Ave Maria” plays.
Those who commemorate abortion have to drown their emotions with alcohol.
Another person seen drinking a tall glass of red wine was the abortionist caught in the undercover videos gleefully discussing the harvesting and selling of aborted baby body parts.
The words of the “Ave Maria” are a direct quote from the Archangel Gabriel, found in the Bible, Luke 1:28, when he descends from heaven and appears to the Virgin Mary, telling her she has been blessed to carry the Lord Jesus Christ within her womb.
Again another horrific celebration of abortion, this time set to the hymn honoring the Miraculous Conception of Jesus in the Womb of His Mother Mary.
Only Jesus’ last words from the cross suffice, “"Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.