"A grassrootsrevival of faith in the Virginis taking place worldwide.”Time cover story on Mary, December 1991
1. SECULAR INTEREST2. PROTESTANTS3. MUSLIMS4. SECOND SPRING5. APPARITIONS OF MARY6. POPE JOHN PAUL II
1. SECULAR INTEREST"The Mystery of Mary"Cover story, Life, Dec 1996"A Mary for All"The EconomistDec 2003"Hail, Mary"Cover story, Time, March 2005
"She was there at the Cross. Yet Protestants seldom talk about Jesus mother at Easter – or at most other times. But they are starting to now."March 21, 2005 Vol. 165 No. 12
Time ’s David VanBiemas basic thesisis thatafter years ofSilence amongMost Protestants,Mary is makinga comeback. He brings forth a variety of data to support his claim
2. PROTESTANTS3 significant developmentsin the area of Mariandoctrine and devotion:* non-polemical studiesof the New Testament* the formation ofecumenical groups and* the pilgrimage to historicChristianity undertaken by many
Articles favoringnew attentionfor Mary haveappeared in“ChristianityToday”(evangelicalProtestant) and “The Christian Century”(mainline or liberal Protestant).
Beverly Roberts Gaventa ,Protestant Perspectives New Testament on Mary professor , Princeton Theological Seminary
“In the stories where Mary appears, she is deeply connected toprimary motifs about the gospel.”
In Matthews story, shes deeply connected to the threat that hangs over Jesus life, the opposition to him even before hes born.
In Lukes Gospel,shes deeplyconnected tothe motif ofGods favorfor the outsider,the marginalized,the poor.
In Johns Gospel, shes connected to the abundant giftof Jesus life.
“So even to understandfully what those Gospels are about, which is so much what Protestants prize, we have to pay more attention to her.”
We cant just bring her out for Christmas Eve and put her back away on Dec 26th.”
3. MARY & MUSLIMS “Mary is Islam’smost honored woman.” “She’s the only one to have an entire chapter named after her in the Koran.”
"Christians and Muslims see in Mary an affirmation that there is no limit to proximity of Godthat any human can attain."
4. SECOND SPRINGShortly after Vatican II*a period of Marian Silence*vacuum of faith* "dechristinization" of Europe
Karl Rahner:"Many Catholicstoday are goingthrough a winterof belief…When the newspringtimeof faith comes…the cult of Mary the Motherof God, will return."
5. APPARITIONS OF MARY The last century-and-a-half has seen numerous accounts of appearances of theBlessed Virgin Mary.
conversion, repentance,The messages fasting andcoming from prayer.these reportedappearancesare generallyconsistentwith each other-- they repeat theGospel themes of
No pontiffin the entire history ofCatholicism has had so strong and articulate a devotion to Mary.
His papal coat of arms-- the letter “M” under a cross His motto-- “Totus Tuus” (“All Yours”)
He hadmentioned her in virtually every major document.
In one country after another he visited he sought out the Marian shrinesand there spoke at great length on the Mother of God.
On May 12, 1982 Pope John PaulOn May 12, 1982 Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to Fatima made a pilgrimage to Fatima and expressed thanks to Mary and expressed thanks to Mary for saving his life during an for saving his life during an assassination attempt the assassination attempt the previous year. previous year.
Incorporated Incorporatedinto the crowninto the crown of of the statue of the statue of Our Lady of Our Lady of Fatima is the Fatima is thebullet removedbullet removed from fromthe Pope afterthe Pope after he had been he had been
On May 13th of 2000, the Pope again visited Fatima and this timerevealed that part of the so- called "third secret of Fatima" was that Mary had prophesized the 1981 assassination attempt and revealed this in herapparition to Lucia in 1917.
"This woman of faith, Mary of Nazareth . . .has been given to usas a model in our pilgrimage of
"From Mary,•we learn to surrender to Gods will in all things.•we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. •we learn to love Christ,
For Mary is not onlythe Mother of God,she is Mother of the Church as well.“ Pope John Paul to a gathering of priests in Washington, D.C., 1979.
"As the Mother of God, she is raised above…the whole of humankind" and "has no equal".