Mary is the Antidote for This Crisis of Womanhood

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A post in the Something About Mary Every Day in May series.

Mary is the antidote for the crisis of womanhood we find ourselves facing. The Marian Option is not like the many other options being written about now, based on saints and noble persons. Because Mary is not like any other saint or noble person. Mary is the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Full of Grace, Mother of Mercy, the Queen Mother of the King of the Universe. Those are some pretty important titles. And Mary is a pretty important Woman. (Ahem. That’s a deliberate echo of the Woman in Genesis, the Gospel of John, and the Apocalypse, also by John, the Beloved Disciple. More on that in posts about another book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary.)

“God really sends the antidote to the problem of each era…What we’re really facing in the culture today is a crisis of womanhood, so in light of that it makes perfect sense that our Lady would be the antidote to that. Those who have devotion to her, who are striving to be like her, would be the ones that can renew the culture based on the kinds of destruction we’re seeing in western civilization.”

Carrie Gress on Women of Grace. (1) talking about her book, the Marian Option. (2)

Watch the video here on the blog for the rest of that interview. Other links follow the end of this post.

I got a digital copy of Carrie Gress’s book, the Marian Option, this week. Tonight I’ve been skipping around in it (I know, I know, I should read it in order, but I was curious about the Blessed Virgin Mary and the connection between the battle of Lepanto and her apparition in the New World and known as Our Lady of Guadalupe that I’d read about. Or was it in that interview which I haven’t finished watching? I’m taking notes on it and on the book, too. Good thing I use Scrivener (3) and it lets me jump back and forth and all around because that’s how I roll. And slip and slide and stumble.) 

I’d been reading just a few days ago about the history of Islam in Spain and how, in the time of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Spanish finally managed to take Spain back from the Moors and to bring what had been many smaller kingdoms into one united kingdom. And what year was this accomplished? 1492. I didn’t know that. I knew a little about the Reconquista, but there’s much more to it that I simply did not know. {No, I won’t share the URL with you for the blog where I read this. The writing was horrible and part of my curiosity was, admittedly, morbid. I was curious to know how horrible it could continue to be and could it get worse. I’m afraid the answers were “a lot” and “yes.”)

Battle of Lepanto (4)

I read somewhere that the book explored the connection between Lepanto and Guadalupe and that was enough to make me want it. Flipping through the book I read that the Marian Option is not like the many other options being written about now. Those options are attractive to different people and are legitimate ways of facing various crises. But the Marian Option is different. It’s an option that does not require giving up any of those other options, and it doesn’t require moving anywhere (not necessarily, anyway) or emulating a particular saint or noble person. The Marian Option can be practiced—and lived—right where you are, even along with whatever other alternative option you may be drawn to. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe (5)

What I am suggesting may function simultaneously with any option instead of replacing it. The goal of this book is to see that there is something more fundamental, more powerful, and more universal than these options. It is, of course, the Marian Option.

Gress, MO, Kindle, Location 116. (2)

And Mary’s option is more fundamental and more powerful than any of those other ones because she is higher than any saint, higher than all the saints, she’s full of grace, she’s what none of us can be but also “the model for who we should be.”

The “Marian Option offers the key to personal and societal transformation in ways that no other saint or noble leader can, precisely because of who she is—the Mother of God, our spiritual mother, and the perfect link between heaven and earth.”

Gress, MO, Kindle, Location 129. (2)

Johnnette’s excitement on her show has rubbed off on me but I was already excited to read this. All those months of praying the Rosary threads on Twitter, preparing them daily, collecting and selecting the artwork, then putting it up on the blog, (6) was preparing me for such a time as this. I hope you’ll join me as I continue to explore what the Blessed Virgin Mary is offering to us today. I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting and soul-shaking—in a good way—ride.

Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll enjoy your visit. God bless you, and may His peace be always with you and yours. Amen.


Notes and Links

  1. Carrie Gress, speaking about her book, the Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis, on Women of Grace, EWTN, Feb 1, 2019. Watch the video here on the blog at The Age of Mary and the Anti-Mary.
  2. Gress, Carrie. The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis, TAN Books, Kindle Edition. Paperback. Kindle.
  3. Scrivener writing software. Amazing. Simply amazing.
  4. Painting of The Battle of Lepanto, by Juan Luna. From Wikimedia. Public domain.
  5. Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. From Wikimedia. Public domain.
  6. The Rosary Project introduction contains a brief story of how the project came to be, its early form on Twitter, and a short table of contents.

Paperback (I like the cover on this book. I want the print copy now just so I can have that cover to look at.)

Kindle (But I’ll settle for the ebook for now because patience is not my middle name.)

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