Thursday, 12 September 2013

The Holy Name of Mary

I am late with this post, but better late than never. As I am sure many people know, there are different meanings of the word "Mary". Is it of Egyptian origin? If so it means "The Beloved one" or "The chosen one". If it is simply Hebrew (Myriam), it can mean "Sea of bitterness" or "beautiful woman". St. Jerome focused on the phrase "Drop of the sea" which through a mis-copying of the Latin Stilla Maris became "Star of the Sea" (Stella Maris). It seems to me that The Holy Spirit may have had a hand in this! When Our Lady appeared at Fatima in 1917, she wore a star near the hem of her dress. Theologians understand that this refers to Esther (means "Star"), the Jewish Queen to King Ahasuerius who interceded for her people and saved their lives. Mary is the "new Esther" or came in the "spirit" of Esther. Mary continually intercedes for us.

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