Images That Prove Why Satan Is Terrified of Mary

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  • Peatbogjeff

    This is really fun and well written…thanks, and nice to have discovered your project!

  • YES!

  • aquinasadmirer

    She’s my twelve-star general!

  • Jim Carroll

    Loved it! Especially the whole “khaleesi of the entire universe” thing!

  • sguzman

    I found this post offensive and highly disrespectful to the Immaculate Mother of God. Joking is fine, but comparing our Lady to a character from a TV show filled with graphic sex and violence? Disgusting.

    • Brooke Gregory

      I meant no disrespect at all, and if you are offended, well, Game of Thrones is not for everyone and that’s okay. As I mentioned in a reply below, the character to whom I compared her is quite Marian in many of her themes, especially in the context of being consumed by a larger force and emerging “unburnt”.

      I’m compelled to ask if you missed the part at the beginning where I made mention that I was halfway through my Consecration preparation, which I have since completed. I just gave over my entire self to Our Lady. I’m not about to turn back and take a flippant attitude toward who she is. These are ways and images with which I identify and live out my deep connection to the Mother of God, and I was merely offering a little-discussed alternative to popular images of her.

      • Veritas

        I would compare Mary to a character in a drama that included some of the most notorious murders, child molestors and rapists. Some of the cruelest military war criminals who routinely practiced genocide, fratricide, incest, and torture…
        That drama was her own life and times and that character was herself. Game of thrones and other fictional works have nothing on the reality of man’s inhumanity to man, and she lived to see some of the worst.
        While I don’t personally picture her as a warrior, I also see her as a very real woman of a God-forged steel will and courage filled with a trust and Faith I can only imagine, whose image I see faintly reflected on the Mother Theresa types in the world today.
        Thanks for the visuals

  • disqus_QFQRQRmxJ8

    Not cool. This treats the Holy Theotokos in a way that is disrespectful and cartoonish. I am also sad to see you left the Orthodox Church. Comparing the Blessed Virgin Mary to a warlord from a show known for its constant focus on rape and torture is not cool at all. Sorry, but this was just not in good taste.

    • Brooke Gregory

      Why are you sad to see that I left the Orthodox Church? Why did you feel the need to bring that up in your, ah, critique?

      I don’t feel that my comparison was in bad taste at all. I did not compare Our Lady to the warlord in question. Perhaps you are thinking of Khal Drogo? I compared her to another character whose character arc has many rich Marian themes, especially in the context I used. Can you reference examples as to how I was “cartoonish?”

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    I was born pre-Vatican II, and it took something for me to get past all of the pop culture allusions and the “she bad!” attitude. But I did get past it, because this is an extremely original article as Catholic articles go, and that right there earns it points from me. It is obvious that no disrespect was intended in this article; quite the opposite, in fact. And this pop-culture, she-bad imagery may be, for all we know, the lens through which Catholics of the 22nd century will be viewing Our Lady.

    But not entirely, I think. Truth be told, both before and after her Assumption into Heaven, Our Lady was possessed of a peace and a joy which no human besides her Son has ever possessed. This was because she wasn’t about herself, or about having attitude, or about kicking bad guys; she was about, like her Son, doing the will of the Father.

    As warrior woman (but a holy, not a bloodthirsty warrior woman) is clearly a legitimate mode of depicting the Mother of God in Catholic art, and this mode, as this article shows, has a long and venerable history. But she would not be an ordinary warrior woman, who at the end of the day, is all about patting herself on the back and throwing back a few brewskis with her posse to relax. Instead, Mary is the sort of warrior woman who is all about serving the Father, and her way to celebrate and relax is nothing more than to spend time with the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, in loving contemplation “treasuring all” the things about her Son “in her heart.” Entirely different sort of warrior woman; you can see that even before the armor is cast off and set aside!

    It seems to me that all that are needed to Brooke Gregory’s very original article are maybe a few tweaks and tighenings-up.

  • Brooke Gregory

    As an endnote: For those who balk at seeing the sacred presented through the lens of pop culture, consider the fact that such saints as Francis of Assisi utilized the pop culture of their day to communicate their feelings and ideas the holy. It wasn’t uncommon for St. Francis to be found wandering the countryside singing little snatches of hymns modeled on the contemporary French romance songs that enchanted young men his age and vexed their elders. That form of expression is definitely not for everyone.

    But I’m a 25 year old girl who loves Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who. All of those movies and shows contain themes of sacrifice, redemption, love, and the powers of good warring against the powers of evil, and they’re a big part of my life. Of course I’m going to see my own Catholic spirituality mirrored in them, and vice versa. I mean, my husband and I have legitimate arguments over which Hogwarts House or which Game of Thrones family different Biblical characters fall into. This is who I am. This is what informs my writing. If it’s not for you, I encourage you to move along and find something else that you connect more deeply with.

  • Michelle Ramonetti

    Oh my gosh, this is amazing. Sharing now!

  • Jim Carroll

    Wanted to share this with you: I shared your article with my daughters who are actively non-Christian. They loved it, and I’m hoping it’s planted the seeds. To Jesus through Mary!