This is the perfect time to share a Marian treasure.
I thought about parceling it out a little at a time or just presenting tid bits here and there.
But http://www.marylinks.org/ is such a phenomenal resource that sharing all of it seemed like the truely Christian thing to do. This page is an organized collection of links about the Virgin Mary compiled with loving care by a Christian philosopher named Dave Kopel who notes that all of the linked sites have been selected for inclusion because of high quality content.
Each of the links, he writes, is included to help readers connect with someone’s “understanding of or relationship with Mary.”
In the foreward, he encourages readers to use the site to help “consider, create or strengthen” their own spiritual or intellectual links with Mary.
The table of contents includes apparitions, art, music and poetry (a phenomenal section), biographical information which he breaks into numerous categories including feast days, doctrines and dogmas; books about Mary; documents; large, general sites about Mary.
There is a section on non-Catholic religious traditions about Mary which is very interesting.
Prayers and devotions are included as is information about religious orders and lay organizations inspired by Mary.
Recommended weblogs and webrings are listed. There are links to large, general sites, a wonderful section of listings on art, music and poetry and of course, a phenomenal bibliograhpy.
This is a collection to turn to time and again.
To sweeten things even further, enjoy some blueberry pancakes while you are scrolling through the page.
Pancakes ala Maria
Ingredients: 1- 1/4 cups whole wheat flour; 2 teaspoons baking powder; 1 egg; 1 cup milk; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 2 tablespoons sugar; 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen).
Directions: sift together flour and baking powder, set aside. Beat together the egg, milk, salt and sugar in a bowl. Stir in the flour until just moistened, add blueberries and stir. Preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook until bubbly, about 1-1/2 minutes, turn and continue cooking until golden brown. Top them with your favorite topping. I like Jersey honey available at area farmer’s markets and healthfood stores. Real whipped cream couldn’t hurt.