No woman has been hated more than the most beautiful woman in the world.
Who is this woman of extraordinary beauty?
Her name is Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Christ. Artists, like Carlo Maratti, have painted her more than any other woman in history. Isn’t his “La Virgen en contemplación” (above) lovely?
Modern man judges beauty by dress size and surgically altered appearance.
God judges beauty by the soul. Mary had a soul more beautiful than any man or woman ever born, except for One, Her Son.
Preserved from original sin
According to Catholic dogma, Mary was preserved from original sin from the moment of her conception. How could the Son of God have been born to any other person?
She is not tainted by Original Sin like the rest of us.
Take the painting on the left. It generated comments like these:
“One of my favorites.”
The most interesting comment, though, came from a supporter of human abortion whose comment was simply: “whatever,” accompanied by a frowning face.
Whatever? In other words, he was saying “no big deal.”
And yet to Catholics, Mary is all about love and mercy. She is the most powerful intercessor of our prayers. To be clear, Catholics do not pray to Mary, we ask her to pray with us and for us, because she IS a big deal.
So how could such a beautiful soul be so hated?
Scripture gives us a clue in the Book of Genesis:
“I will establish a feud between thee and the woman, between thy offspring and hers; she is to crush thy head, while thou dost lie in wait at her heels” (Gen 3:15).
In other words, Satan had corrupted Eve; God made it clear that another woman, Mary, would one day come along and bring the One who would crush the head of the Serpent, the ultimate Hater.
Mary would become the new Eve. How Satan hates and fears this Blessed Mother of us all.
To this day, She is still hated by some.
Mary gets caught up in the culture wars
A recent dust up in the culture wars highlights the controversy over Mary. The National Museum of Women in the Arts launched an exhibition titled “Picturing Mary” a few years ago.
An art critic for the liberal Washington Post, Philip Kennicott, was livid. It seems that the art of the Blessed Mother on display was too flattering, too consistently beautiful for the taste of the effete. Mr. Kennicott was furious that the exhibit didn’t include “perhaps the most famous image of Mary painted in the last quarter century” (his words).
And what image might that be?
That would be Chris Ofili’s “The Holy Virgin Mary,” painted with elephant dung and female genitalia on display, as you can see at the right.
In other words, an image that the faithful would consider a desecration of our beautiful Blessed Mother, is revered by the snooty cultural elite of the left. Satan surely agrees with the Mr. Kennicotts of the world.
Ultimately, the most beautiful woman in the world is hated because she said YES to life, and the secular humanists, moral relativists, neo-pagans, and leftist politicians can never forgive her for such an offense.