Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Continuing to quote from the book, “Mary, – The Church at the Source” on p. 77:
In Bernard of Clairvaux we find the wonderful statement that God cannot suffer, but He can suffer with. With these words, Bernard brings to a certain conclusion the Fathers’ struggle to articulate the newness of the Christian concept of God. Ancient thought considered the passionlessness of pure intellect to be an essential attribute of God. It proved difficult for the Fathers to reject this notion and to think of “passion” in God.
Yet in the light of the Bible they saw quite plainly that “Biblical revelation…upsets everything…the world had thought about God”. They saw that there is an intimate passion in God, indeed that it even constitutes His true essense, love. And because He loves, suffering in the form of compassion is not foreign to Him.
In this connection Origen writes: “In His love for man the Impassable One suffered merciful compassion.” We could only say that the Cross of Christ is God’s compassionate suffering with the world…
God willing, tomorrow I will continue to quote more from the next page in this book and we will see again how Mary is a “reflection of God’s Compassion”. Hopefully those who have read the previous posts on this topic will continue to be blessed by the words of then Cardinal Ratzinger now Pope Emeritus. Beginning on Jan 23, with a post on the Compassion of Jesus, Mary and Joseph up to today Jan 27, there have been 5 posts on this theme of God’s Compassion and how it is reflected most especially in Mary.
God the Holy Spirit continues to bring us into ALL Truth as Jesus promised (cf Jn 16:13) by sharing His Divine Wisdom with those who open the eyes and ears of their hearts, to listen and to ponder all Jesus said and did, even as May listened and pondered all in her Immaculate Heart. Having listened and pondered Mary continually did the Truth. Mary is both Mother and Model of the Church.
Come Holy Spirit!