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Maria-Kannon: A Focal Point for Buddhist Christian Interactions

Thomas Merton proclaimed in his essay, “The Woman Clothed with the Sun” that a certain power existed in the fact that we know so little of the Virgin Mary. Merton saw Mary’s non-divinity as virtuous in itself and realized that her humility and “hiddenness” offered a path to wisdom. Since she lacks, in the New Testament, a definitive biography or character, she is able to symbolize the merits of the one who is empty. Merton wrote that by “having nothing of her own, retaining nothing of a “self” that could glory in anything for her own sake, she placed no obstacle to the mercy of God and in no way resisted His love and His will. Hence she received more from him than any other saint.” At this p


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