[quote=Fr Ambrose]2003.12.05 Christianity Today:
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The Blessed Evangelical Mary
Why we shouldn’t ignore her any longer.
by Timothy George | posted 12/05/2003
In his History of the Reformation in Scotland, John Knox described an incident from his early life as a Protestant. Having been delivered from “the puddle of papistry,” as he called it, he was taken as a prisoner and forced to row in a French galley ship for 19 months. Soon after the arrival [of the galley ship] at Nantes, S a glorious painted Lady was brought in to be kissed and, amongst others, was presented to one of the Scottishmen then chained. He gently said, “Trouble me not; such an idol is a curse; and therefore I will not touch it.” The Patron and the Arguesyn, with two officers, having the chief charge of all such matters, said, “Thou shalt handle it”; and so they violently thrust it in his face and put in betwixt his hands; who seeing the extremity, took the idol, and advisedly looking about, he cast it in the river, and said, “Let our Lady now save herself: she is light enough; let her learn to swim!”
Some scholars believe the “Scottishman” involved in this incident was none other than Knox himself. Most evangelical Protestants can relate to this story, for we belong to a tradition of piety decisively shaped by the likes of Knox. We have an almost instinctive distrust of Mary. Why?
-----------That’s a rough beginning but the article does not continue like that and it is well worth reading, especially by Evangelical Christians struggling with Mary’s place in the Christian community.
The whole article is here
I have read this article and I think the writer here over steps the bounds of what Mary means to most Christians and to posit she is ignored is just crazy.
She is not disreguarded, she was the elect of God chossen by him to play a role in the plan of the salvation of his children to bring fourth the savior.
She is a great example of a Jewish woman, who must of had a hard life. Who sought to do the will of the Father as a hand maid, as she tried to understand all that was going on around her.
Peace to u,