UNITY IN AN ANEMONE
(Heh! A bit of a tongue-twister there in the title.)
Here we are at the last day of May with one last flower for Mary that follows all the flowers that came before. Such a variety of flowers! Such a plenitude of qualities that describe the beautiful and holy life of Mary.
It’s true that Mary is full of virtues, “full of grace,” and any woman would be happy to follow her example and any man would be proud to respect her as his Lady, and to protect her honor, and love her as Christ did.
But what made her so lovely and virtuous? Her sole purpose is to make her Son known: to present the Christ Child to us; to direct our attention toward Him; and to make Him attractive to our souls. To honor her –-“Behold, all generations shall call me blessed.” — is to honor the Object of her efforts, her Son, Christ Jesus. Her loveliness comes from the loveliness and beauty of her Creator, shining through a pure and innocent soul.
“He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (I Cor. 6:17)
“Christian Unity” is the created soul and its Creator, joined together. It is the most satisfying state of being for a human soul, because no one can love the soul more than the One who created it; no one can know the soul more than the One who made it; no one can understand the soul more than the One who designed it.
For more than three thousand years, this longing of the soul for its maker has been treated in psalms, poetry, songs, Wisdom writings, exhortations, and prophecies, and then “in the fullness” of time, came Mary who exemplified this Unity with God, and showing us how to be likewise united.
Especially abundant for us today are the writings of the great saints, largely prior to the 20th century. Look for them – you’ll find them.
It’s just not appropriate for me to spoon-feed the meaning of unity into my readers. It’s always an individual quest, begun by the individual’s initiative, because of the individual’s own longing. “Ask and you shall receive.” It’s helpful to read good books written before the 20th century, as I said, before materialism and pleasure-seeking and atheism began to smother the human race and cloud its intellect. Read the clear thinkers of past ages.
(Okay, maybe one little clue):
Perhaps a good start would be The Imitation of Christ, a small book that’s a constant companion of countless millions of people through the centuries, and for a good reason: It’s the dialogue of a soul seeking unity with his Creator, calm, soothing, logical, practical, and satisfying.