Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

'Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.' ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

Friday, 20 March 2015

Our Blessed Lady and the Eclipse

I have been reminded by several people not to look at the sun during the eclipse to take place this morning. It is England, so it looks like we have 100% cloud cover anyway.

In the Apocalypse, the Woman crowned with twelve stars who the Church has unceasingly taught to be the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, stands with the moon under her feet, "clothed with the sun". The imagery is quite apt to an eclipse.

I was interested to find out why we are warned particularly not to look at the eclipse and found some information here. The expert says...

...in a nutshell, solar eclipses are dangerous because the sun can come out from behind the moon and "surprise you" before you have a chance to look away. And this is actually even worse than when you normally look away from the sun because during the total eclipse, it is dark out, and your pupil therefore dilates so that it can let in enough light to get a good picture. Then, when the sun reappears and starts flooding the area with really bright light, not only are you staring straight at it, but your eye is in a state where it is wide open, and actively trying to let in as much light as possible.

The sun is symbolic of Christ, the Sun of Justice, who radiates light and warmth upon mankind. The moon is symbolic of Mary who has no light of her own, but radiates as a mirror the light of her Divine Son. When the moon covers the sun, it does not simply 'block out' the sun, but has the effect of magnifying or intensifying the beauty of the sun. Our Blessed Lady, in the Magnificat says, 'My soul doth magnify the Lord.'

Our Lady leads us to and shows us her Son. She is the cause of our joy, a singular vessel of devotion. What to the physical eye during an eclipse is dangerous is to the soul, life and intense light, light so bright it illuminates all those who 'sit in darkness'. Mary, whose light is not her own, comes between us and her Divine Son, not to block out her Son, but to magnify Him. Because unlike her Son, Mary is not God, we could gaze upon her during this heavenly eclipse and our spiritual eyes dilate to get a good picture. In this imagery, we cannot simply look at her Son as He is in his glory because 'nobody can see God and live'. She prepares us to behold her Son in Heaven when we have been purified from every sin and imperfection.

She, alone, unique of all creatures, the sinless Queen, in her triumphant humility, could look upon the Sun of Justice and never look away, never be blinded, never be hurt, never be reproached. She stands like the moon today between us and Jesus Christ, not blocking out His glory, but so that looking upon her we may adjust our spiritual eyes to gaze upon this kindly Mother who prepares us so that when she reveals her Son, He reappears and starts flooding our soul with 'really bright light', so that not only will we be staring straight at it, but our spiritual eyes will be in a state where they are wide open and actively trying to let in as much light as possible.

The only question is...does that analogy make much sense? I'd really like it to. Perhaps it needs adjusting. Can anyone help it make sense? I'm not sure it does!

By the way, upon the Feast of St Joseph, I obtained a job as an English language teacher.

Therefore, a belated public thank you to St Joseph!





BBC say they are going to get 'further analysis' of the spot at 10 o'clock. Is that a flare, or something else?

22 comments:

Bruvver Eccles said...

Dear Timothy Radcliffe, Tina Beattie, Catherine Pepinster, Walter Kasper, Lorenzo Baldisseri, Gerhard Muller, Hans Kung, Thomas Rosica, ...

I warned you what would happen if you stared at the sun.

Love, Eccles.

Lynda said...

Great piece. I never saw that picture before - it's very unusual for Our Lady to be represented without head covering. Congratulations on the job - I think you'd make a great teacher. God bless.

Anthony said...

That is lovely, thank you.

mum of 10 said...

Many congratulations . You will make a great teacher, I have learnt so much from reading your blog too...!!

viterbo said...

It makes sense, Bones. She is pure and unadulterated, therefore for Her to look upon love unadulterated is not pain to Her for She has no stain of treachery in Her.

When I was a kid we were told that if you looked at an eclipse you'd go blind or partially blind. We all looked anyway (maybe the prospect of blindness was as exciting as the vision of the time crossing over time). Probably some of us did go partially blind. Apparently the moon transforms the light coming from the sun so that what we see at night is not merely reflected sunlight but light, yes with the sun as its source, but different in substance from sunlight.

In some instances the imagery of the moon beneath Her feet - months; clothed in the sun, the years; and crowned with the stars - the fixed heavenly lights beyond the vicissitudes of the 'fates', shows Our Lady's perpetual rule of Grace over all seasons. The light She gives forth is unearthly, however - not something natural or time bound but most certainly supernatural.

While the Church might be in 'eclipse' we need only a little faith to understand that temporal shadowplays are just that, and nothing temporal can overcome supernatural Grace.

viterbo said...

PS. All the best for the new job. The blessing of St Joseph and the intercession of Our Lady be with you.

PPS. St Francis de Sales. Most general Patron of Teachers.

Chloe said...

Congratulations on the new job Bones. Good luck with it. I'm sure you'll be a great teacher.

viterbo said...

Cool pics.

Anonymous said...

Slightly off topic, but does anyone know why the warning second coming (Maria divine mercy)website has been closed down?
R

Pelerin said...

Echoing congratulations to you Laurence.

Frank said...

Isn't it nice when good writers actually get jobs teaching writing!

Tim said...

Completely off topic but timely: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/4501/print-of-the-month-1041367487/

Genty said...

Dear Bones, Congratulations. I'm sure you will do well. Sometimes St. Joseph tends to be eclipsed but he's a great advocate.

umblepie said...


Good post, and best wishes in the new job.

torchofthefaith said...

This is a very thoughtful piece which shows something of your love for Our Lady.

May God bless you and St. Joseph guide you in your new job.

Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Let's wonder it's something else....congratulations for the job, may St.Joseph as Jesu's father, protect you and all of us. God bless+

Nicolas Bellord said...

Yesterday saw another splendid 'Day with Mary' - not a seat left in Westminster Cathedral for an all-day celebration of Our Blessed Mother. Excellent sermon from Father Martin Edwards, Mass, Rosaries, Stations of the Cross and Benediction all with lots of Latin. Franciscans of the Immaculate providing great support and leading the singing. The sheer devotion and acknowledgment of the real presence of Christ Jesus was particularly striking. I find it odd that these weekly events in different venues are mainly attended by ethnic minorities and others from abroad. Where are the English Catholics and what do the hierarchy make of all this?

Incidentally the FFI sold me a copy of "Remaining in the Truth of Christ" for a mere £10 - elsewhere selling for £18.99.

Matthaeus said...

A very interesting thought. Thanks for this

Unknown said...

Dear R:

Go to the site--The Biblical False Prophet Has Arrived and there is a speculative article about why MDM's site is down.

I also have heard she's going under a different site name--filamena or something.

I am mixed about her.

Seattle kim

Physiocrat said...

I am not sure about moons. It is the symbol of a religion, you cann guess which one, as well as being associated with the Hindu god Shiva.

Thomas said...

I am not "mixed" at all about so called "MDM". Everything about it smells false, unbalanced and possibly worse. Its anonymous source peddles a mish mash of ideas from Protestant Pentecostalism and various schismatic lunatic fringe conspiracy theories. Among other daft things they (we know not who) claim that St. Peter is soon going to rule as Pope in person on earth again for a thousand years. Stay calm, stick to the Catechism and steer clear!

efpastoremeritus2.com said...

Best wishes with teaching "job". I pray that you may persevere. Might to good to remember that St. Joseph "was a Muggins for God" to quote the late Father Des Coffey.

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