Leon Bloy — more on Mary and the meaning of Christ’s birth

Christ is come out of Mary just as Adam is come out the earthy Paradise, to obey and suffer. Mary is thus symbolized by the Garden of Delight “planted by God in the beginning.” . . . This Garden, closed fast since the disobedience, hortus conclusus, to the tribulation or the despair of many billions of human beings, was the goal of “the generations of the heavens and the earth,” according to the Holy Book’s vastly mysterious language. 
That was a marvelous garden in which it never rained. A fountain sprang from the earth to water everything, and a river older than all geographies flowed out of this paradise at once to branch into the four rivers, the names of which, according to learned interpreters, mean or seem to mean: Prudence, Temperance, Quickness of Spirit, Fecundity. We must believe that these four names enfold in a way no man can understand the vocation of Mary: Queen, Virgin, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Mother of God. . . .
By means of the Immaculate Conception, God was able to place his foot upon earth. Here is the sole door through which He was able to escape from the Garden of Delight which is his Mother and whom a thousand centuries of blessedness could not enable us to understand.
You would have to knw what were Adam and Eve, what were the plants and animals in that Garden, what was the disobedience and what it cost. You would have sufficiently to wipe away everything men have thought for seventy or eighty centuries in order to make possible, I do not say the evidence or the distant mental image, still less the vague expectation, but a bare something resembling a heartbeat in the face of this fact: that with everything lost forever, as it is with the fallen angels, there all the same remained preserved a drop of divine Sap, just enough to save billions of worlds; and that in the end there blossomed that Flower more beautiful than Innocence. which Christians name, understanding nothing about it, the Immaculate Conception, Mary herself, the sublime Garden regained.
And yet shall I dare say this? nothing has yet been achieved. That Garden, closed so long by the Disobedience of the first Man, had first to open itself to eject the least of men, like a worm, who was to redeem all other men. For this Mary’s obedience was not enough — it frightens me to write it. There was needed, reabsorbed within Her, the impatience and sorrow of all the centuries.
Leon Bloy, Pilgrim of the Absolute, pp. 230-232

on Mary as a new Eve see John Henry Newman’s reading of Church Fathers at this site


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