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I used to struggle in understanding why Mary was always depicted with her eyes downcast. This was a problem for me because I saw it as submissive, a demeanor I don’t particularly like.
I decided to read up on it and found artists depicted her that way to indicate that she was detached from worldly things, and while her eyes were looking down her heart was lifted up towards Heaven. So it wasn’t man she was showing humility to, but she was basically scorning the temporal, physical world. I thought this was pretty radical. And this is how I also learnt about the virtue of detachment. It’s sort of like experiencing your world from a third-person point of view, as opposed to first person. This really helped me put my day-to-day experiences in perspective.
So it wasn’t man she was showing humility to, but she was basically scorning the temporal, physical world.
Also, Mary is the queen of Heaven and our Mother. She suffered terribly during Christ’s Passion. I think she is a figure to be admired, loved, and to request
powwrful intercession from, rather than to be able to relate to.
She was the mother of God – how can we compete with that? We can’t. And we aren’t asked to.
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