Conclusion of Lumen Fidei
Last night we had a classical guitar concert at Forest Lodge. The man who performed, a convert to the faith, talked about a book he was reading about the Blessed Virgin Mary. He told about how, as a Protestant, one of the things that kept him from coming into the faith earlier was the Church’s attention of Mary. Once he figured out what the Church was really saying and doing It reminds me of the Bishop Fulton J. Sheen quote,
“There are not 100 people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
At the end of Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis urges us to look to Mary as an icon, the model of what a follow of Christ is to be. In a beautiful use of words he said that she, “conceived faith and joy.” That is why I cringe ever so slightly when I see our Catholic artwork of the saints. They all look so serious, concerned, and full if purple, pious poop. We have only one statue with a smile on his face. (Then again, I also dislike the goofy, “come play soccer with me” look. I am not easily pleased.) Mary is our “perfect icon.” We can, through her, learn to see through Jesus’ eyes.
Any ideas on what to do next on Friday Potpourri?