All too often the mention of Mary is perceived as a point of division among Christians. And this is a sadness.
Especially, for example, when it keeps Protestant Christians from preaching, reading, and proclaiming the great truths flowing from the life and witness or Mary (for fear of being called “too Catholic”).
Or, when it keeps Catholic Christians from speaking out against or changing examples of Marian devotion that are misleading or do not clearly show the essential difference “from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit,” (for fear of being called “too Protestant”) (CCC para. 971).
On this Saturday (a customary day for Marian devotion) of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, I offer this rich reflection from Prof. Matthew Milliner of Wheaton College.
As a new professor at Wheaton College, I proposed a course focusing on the Virgin Mary and braced for resistance, but intrigued approval was all that came my way. Nor was I alone. I learned that another course on the Virgin was being offered in a different department at Wheaton the same semester; rather than competing for student attention, both classes quickly filled.
And so I packed my syllabus with primary sources, supplemented with Tim Perry’s excellent Mary for Evangelicals, and off we went, twenty-five students and I, on a journey from Luke to Lourdes, from Matthew to Medjugorje. Read more…