Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mother of God Quiz

What is your favourite image of Our Lady? My favorite image of our lady is from The Passion of the Christ when she recalls Jesus falling as a child when He falls during the long walk up Calvary. This image brings to mind all those times that I, as a mother, have done the same. This brings me closer to my spiritual mother.
What is your favourite Marian feast? The Feast of the Annunciation is my favorite. Mary's sacrifice in saying "yes" to God is huge. She risked everything and trusted God! What a wonderful example.
What is your favourite Marian hymn/anthem? I love the Ave Maria and the Hail Mary sung
What is your favourite Marian place of pilgrimage? I don't really have one. I am working on developing my relationship with Mary...I could use suggestions.
What is your favourite Marian devotion? I like to say the rosary with Mother Angelica on EWTN. The narrative at the announcing of each mystery helps me to really focus.

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xenspirit3 said...

may I ask why you call the Mother of God a meme? This is of great interest to me, and I will tell you why once I have your kind answer.

xenspirit3 said...

By the Way, I am Eastern Orthodox Christian

xenspirit3 said...

Well, meme came into the lexicon by one Richard Dawkins in his book the Selfish Gene to explain away the existence of God, while simultaneously explaining the persistence of the idea of God. ( A meme is analogous to a gene.) So that was when I was beginning to lose my ardour for evolutionary theory. Not so much because of his statment, examples and so forth, but because the way he was saying that everything was just a meme which could no way approach the realities of the natural word. Well, I'm sort of an absolutist, and although I know that God is not approachable as one can approach the natural world, I know he is for real a person (albeit a type of person and unique in that personhood i.e., purely divine) I know that there is a structure and order to all of His creation, and we just can't go around nilly willy making anything up about it as the whim of our unguided and unprincipled thoughts shall carry us. I remember the moment exactly when I decided Richard Dawkins was a farce, because it was a moment of the obvious-ness of the frivolous underpinnings of the approach and gravity of his arguments. I remember thinking you can't sit here and make me slog through 3/4 of your book about gene replication and the body being just a vehicle and tell me this whole theory of yours is a metaphor, and not only that you will introduce the word meme to describe God as simply a metaphor. And if you are so into biological natural understandings of God, why do people like you in every natural book I read have to take a swipe at Him?
So that was where I was coming from. Well, I don't use those words in connection with the Mother of God or with God or the Faith; I was wondering what the Catholic Church was doing over there. Anyway, thanks for humouring this very long response. I've been a Christian in the Eastern Orthodox Christian Faith for 5 1/2 years, and I'm still a bit of a zealot. A grateful zealot.
May God answer the prayers of this poor sinner and Grant you peace.