Consecration Renewal – Day 23

Day 23 of Consecration Preparation from 2008 (or renewal)

From “Mary, Human and Holy” (Antonio Bello)
Chapter 22: Woman Who Dances

In this chapter Bishop Bello makes reference to a sentence he once read in a book of anthropology which annoyed him greatly and which he felt was a great insult to Mary; the sentence was, “Mary could never dance.” Bishop Bello writes:

Does it not imply that Mary’s femininity was so discarnate and evanescent as to make it impossible for her to dance? Does it not seem like a blaspemy even to suggest that Mary was a creature drained of passions, poor in impulse, lacking in human warmth, enfeebled by fasting and abstinence, kneeling on the cold mirrors of contemplation, incapable of those inner longings that explode into song and dance?

In fact, Bishop Bello raises the possibility that Mary, “sang her Magnificat while dancing”.  Mary exclaimed, “My spirit exults in God, my savior”, and Bishop Bello explains that the word “exults” comes from the Latin “ex-saltare”, which means to leap for joy.

Bishop Bello continues on with something that I must admit confuses me, something I can’t recall ever hearing of before. He says that one of the reasons he wants people to know that Mary did dance is because there is a connection between dancing and death, and that if she were a stranger to the first then that would mean she was also a stranger to the second, and to what they have in common: “…shortness of breath, the spasm of agony, the painful contraction of the body.” He writes, “It empties Our Lady’s suffering of any salvific value and reduces the mystery of the Mother of Sorrows – despite the seven swords that pierced her heart – to a hollow spectacle.” If anyone could shed a little more light on this part for me I would appreciate it!

In those dark hours [when Jesus was dying on the Cross], shaken only by the death rattle of the condemned, perhaps you danced your laments as a mother around the cross, pleading for the return of the sun. Then, holy woman of the total eclipse, repeat that dance around the crosses of your children. If you are there, the light will soon break through. Then the most tragic gibbet will flower like a tree in springtime.

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3 Responses

  1. Wow, I have a lot of thoughts about this…I’m going to post them at my place, because the comment would be too long. Give me a couple of hours!

  2. […] Immaculate Heart of Mary at her blog “Consecrated to Mary”. In her renewal post for day 23, she mentions the following, asking if anyone can explain: “Bishop Bello continues on with […]

  3. Excellent post, Pia! I thank you mucho. 🙂

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