Holy Virgin of Virgins: Mary the Immaculate Conception

The following is a reflection written by Servant of God, Catherine Doherty:


Walpole Immaculate Conception by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Virgin of Virgins, cool as the snow on the heights, untouched and unscaled… warm, glowing like fire, whose heat can consume without consuming, a fire that draws with its glow and its warmth all who behold it.

Virgin of virgins, simple and humble, unnoticed by others. In her are reflected old faces and young, and all between. She is all virgins, and yet there is none to compare with this simple and humble maiden of Israel.

Virgin of Virgins, woman of earth, resting in peace in the awesome and terrible hands of the Lord. At home in all the houses of earth; at home in the essence of the triune and infinite God.

Virgin of Virgins, slender, small… so fragile and young to the onlooker’s eyes… riding her donkey defenseless through plains, hastening to the help of her cousin in pain.

Virgin of Virgins, all dressed in shimmering gold, spanning the height  between heaven and earth; majestic, incredible, more powerful than all the power of humanity and nature combined; bidding the stars and sun as a child bids her pets. Behold, angels lie prostrate at her tiny feet.

Virgin of Virgins, friend of the poor, confidante of sinners. Lady demure, whose smile is benediction, whose touch is light. Virgin of Virgins, you are the gate of Christ.

Doherty, C. (1992).  Through the Year with Catherine Doherty: Grace in Every Season.  M. Bazzett (Ed.). Combermere, Ontario:  Madonna House Publications.

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4 Responses to Holy Virgin of Virgins: Mary the Immaculate Conception

  1. Biltrix says:

    Hi Terry! That was a beautiful reflection.

    Something I thought I’d let you know (hope you don’t mind). The painting by Murillo above is actually of the Assumption. Here’s a link to the Walpole Immaculate Conception: http://www.hermitageshop.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2738 .

    I did a post on Murillo Immaculate Conceptions yesterday. Talk about prolific, the man painted over 20 different Immaculate Conceptions! That’s devotion to Mary (for an artist). And that’s probably why the Assumption paining is often thought to be an Immaculate Conception, because the composition in a lot of his Immaculate conceptions are similar to this one. And It’s such a beautiful depiction of Mary. He presented her as young and pure. She looks just like the Virgin in two of his Immaculate Conceptions, but the posture is different.

    I hope you had a lovely Feast Day yesterday, and keep having a Blessed Advent!

  2. Oh, wow! Thanks for the correction, James! Looking at the painting again, I can (now) see that it was of the Assumption. Darn that wikimedia ;)! Thanks for the link. I’ll change the picture. I did have a lovely Feast Day yesterday. My husband and I attended a very reverent Mass complete with beautiful chanting and a wonderful homily….and then afterwards, there was cake! A blessed Advent to you, too, James.

  3. That was really beautiful – that is all I have to say, because that really sums it up. Beautiful. 🙂

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