TheTestamantOfMary2013bThe Testament of Mary, a work by Colm Toibin, opened this week in NYC. The one-person play, directed by Deborah Warner and starring Fiona Shaw, presents the Blessed Mother as bitter, self-absorbed, addled by booze and spewing bile while recalling the events of the Gospel. She sneers at Jesus’s (“misfit”) followers while denying the resurrection (a “dream”). The last line of the play has Mary wailing as a vulture looks on: “I fled before it (Crucifixion) was over. If you say he redeemed the world, I will say it wasn’t worth it!”

The play brings to mind the Billie Holiday recording of Darn That Dream — “Without that dream I never have you, But it haunts me and it won’t come true.”

TheTestamentOfMaryVultureEvil triumphs when union with God is dismissed or rejected, and autonomy is embraced as the ‘real’ way to be. This can even happen to believers.

“Every spirit that dissolveth Jesus is not of God. And this is Antichrist.” (1 John 4:2,3)

The Blessed Virgin Mary (Mother of God) is real and very much alive in the world today, seeking to heal hearts and unite them with her Son and Heavenly Father.

Photograph (top): Paul Koluik