Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mary and Her Muslim Children

"I would say Muslims have more veneration of Mary -- those who are believing Muslims -- than most Christians today," says Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, quoted in an article linked to by Daniel Nichols — Muslims and Mary. Citing "the decline of Marion [sic] veneration in Christianity," Mr. Moynihan continues, "She is not out of the picture, but she is not woven into the warp and woof of the faith. That shattered with the confrontation with the modern world."

In contrast, also quoted is a Muslim woman named Aynur Gunenc, who says, "For us, Mary is a symbol of purity and patience, honesty and believing 100 per cent in God, even when things are difficult. I am full of respect and love for her." (Above, a perfect image for Mary's Month of May: a still from an Iranian made-for-TV-movie called Saint Mary / Mary Mother of Jesus (as); it seems that Iran's TV programming after the Islamic Revolution is quite different from ours after the Sexual Revolution.)

The article suggests that "Mary is also a bridge between Islam and Christianity, something Pope Benedict XVI touched on in his recent trip to Turkey," in which he "pointed to her as an explicit link between Islam and Christianity, stressing that a common devotion to Mary can help bind the two faiths," bringing to mind Father Ladis Cizik's "look at Islam, the Koran and Mary's role in bringing about peace in troubled times" — Our Lady and Islam: Heaven's Peace Plan.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I just learned last night that Muslims also apparently have a high regard for St. George.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Now that's fascinating! From the article: "The miracles of the Saint are many, not only towards Christians [Romans], who approached always with great reverence (in olden times there wasn’t a Christian family which had not visited Koudouna at least once a year), but towards everyone without exception, who approach his grace with faith."

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