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Topic: A Prayer for the Just Born (Lots of Super Pictures!)  (Read 3004 times)
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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2009 06:48:52 AM »

Please, please, please don't anyone get upset by this reply...

There were a few things that occurred to me when reading the reply by sabriner

We don't know what Mary looked like. For all we know she could have had a beard... or warts or a facial deformity. I'm fairly certain she certainly wasn't a blue eyed blond gal. Really, her appearance doesn't matter one bit, it's her faith and trust that makes her special.

The other thing that sort of got to me was "she is God's MOST beautiful creation". I kind of disagree with this because God made wo/man in his own image. This puts us all on equal footing. A priest or a harlot is no better or worse than I am. We are all human, we are all equal. It's our actions, our choices, that matter. If you believe that when we die we return to the Lord then you also believe that it is up to him to decide our value. It isn't up to us to pass judgement on each other.

I suppose when I see this work and see that it's cause a bit of a kerfuffle I think of the stories of Jesus and his forgiveness of prostitutes. Matthew 21:31 '... "I assure you, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do." Why? Because of their faith and inner goodness, not because of what they did for a living or how they appeared on the outside.

I was raised Catholic but I no longer follow that path. Although I identify as pagan now, I still hold a special place for Mary. I don't know. I guess it's just that I don't see changing the appearance of Mary as changing the meaning of her. Mary is a great icon for women... a strong mother figure with unmovable faith. What does it matter if she's wearing fishnets and has a beard? For me this piece sort of reiterates that. The fact that it is fun to look at is a bonus  Wink

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