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COMMENTARY: That Mary, Mother of God and now Mother of the Church, who first carried the Child in her womb, should now do so before the world he came to claim as his own.
By Regis Martin, EWTN News, 6/14/20
Regis Martin, STD, is a professor of theology and a faculty associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Let’s do a thought experiment: What is the single most necessary thing we need to know? Indeed, the very best news we could possibly hope to hear?
The answer cannot be an idea or construct of the faulty human mind, however sublime; nor can it be a movement of the equally fallible will to accomplish some mighty deed. It can only be an event taking place in an unforeseen and wholly unexpected way, breaking into a barren and broken world to announce something completely new.
Where, then, does such an event come from? The only finally acceptable answer is found outside ourselves, from above, amid the silence of the heavens, from which in a most dizzying descent this moment suddenly erupts into history at an appointed time and place. An entirely unique and unrepeatable event, it could never have happened before, nor will it ever happen again.
Do the results of this thought experiment remind you of anything? Does the experiment awaken a memory of a certain impossible intersection of time and eternity, history and heaven? …