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Oh, I also love the Madonna, @bera. I developed a relationship with her that when I don’t cultivate, my life feels very dry and lonely. Catholics, and I think Orthodox too, see Mary as a refuge: a mother who cannot turn away those who suffer or even have really messed up. The miracles attributed to her are countless and many are astonishing. And there are countless stories of saints down the ages turning to her in desperation/trouble etc, and finding her ready help and consolation.

She also has a very specific and different ‘feel’ to her in prayer. Her presence doesn’t feel like Jesus or any members of the Godhead, but also none of the saints either. It’s quite unique and unmistakable once you’ve felt it, so that you can actually have a sense of being ‘near’ or ‘far’ from her, almost. I’d say it’s a certain quality of mercy or the personification/concentration of compassion. I think it’s very Fi almost, like super, duper Fi.

The general attitude towards her by these Christians is guaranteed help when in trouble. For example, one of the most famous Marian prayers is the Memorare. It says:

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.


I find her equivalent in the East to be Guan Yin- the Bodhisattva of Compassion, also known as the goddess of mercy.

I was quite struck with her when I entered a temple in Shanghai and got into one of her shrines that was arranged in exactly the same way many chapels are, (With Mary as Queen or Queen mother, carrying little King Jesus, surrounded by tens or hundreds of angels and saints): the familiarity was palpable. I felt like I knew her. The way she was presented was all too familiar and if I didn’t know better, that day I might’ve thought I’d gotten into a Chinese Catholic chapel dedicated to the Virgin. This is what is said of Guan Yin:

In Chinese Buddhism, Guan Yin is synonymous with the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the pinnacle of mercy, compassion, kindness and love.

I’d say that’s exactly how Mary is seen in Apostolic Christianity.

Interestingly, Guan Yin is not a virgin. πŸ™‚ But she serves the same role for many Buddhists that Mary does for Apostolic Christians IMO. I’m usually weary of taking artifacts of other religions but I took a picture of her that I still have in my wallet!:-) I almost felt like it was just a different version of the Madonna, and Catholics depict the Madonna a thousand different ways anyways, so it didn’t feel that off.

PS// Hey! How do you post pictures? I thought my two links above would show up as pics.

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