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The most beautiful woman

28 Sep 2019, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Mater Dei

Beauty may be a combination of stuff that stimulates the pleasure of the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. But her beauty surpasses what the ordinary eye alone can grasp to connect to Saint Paul’s walk in the spirit, for we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). Her beauty is subjectively hidden in a part of the Legion prayer that enkindles my ‘uncontrollable’ love for her; “Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?”  

My childhood recollection of this prayer sounded a little short of a mere song to my ears. Still, a rediscovery of the beauty enshrined in it now exposes the flawlessness and the glory bestowed on this woman, a woman like no other.

The supposed synergy between Catholics and none Catholics is often impaired by a misguided understanding of Catholic devotion to this most amazing woman I’ve ever met; I call her the pride of the Catholic Church, the queen of all hearts, the Mother of her own redeemer. She is the most beautiful, an impeccable wife, a Mother, and a Virgin. She is undoubtedly the most blest among women, humble, yet very powerful. She is certainly the woman with the moon under her feet, the woman with the crown of twelve stars, the woman with the child, and the woman the dragon could not overcome (Rev.12). Catholic devotion to her is certainly not a divisive agent standing in the way of ecumenism as some separated brethren sees it, but the acknowledgment of a loving Mother calling the body of the Church to the head of the Church.

It amuses me some time to imagine Jesus smiling at our stupidity and lack of understanding of things of the spirit; this imagination becomes so real when I listen to some futile arguments about the Blessed Virgin Mary and our devotion to her by some separated brethren. The Mother Church is so rooted in her devotion, and the beauty of it all is in the Church’s offering of all the glory to God Almighty.

We certainly do not worship Mary but honour her so much because God honoured her first. This call for attention; yes, a little patience and openness to each other’s stand point may help both Catholics and none Catholics understand the evil of been antagonistic to each other. The Blessed Virgin Mary and our devotion to her point to Christ as the way, the truth and the life, rendering every other argument against her cult so inconsequential. These unnecessary arguments only set the stage for people of the same faith to wrestle to the entertainment of the devil; what a shame!

The devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary calls not for arguments but honest imitation of her holiness and faith in God. She is the most amazing woman I’ve ever met.

  • Nwaka Ebere Reply

    Aptly said Fr. I call her the Invoker of God’s graces! I owe nobody apology for any misunderstanding about her; I love her so.

    Well-done & keep the ink flowing….