BY NED FRAZIER
“Mary is not an option in the Christian life, she is an obligation, an absolute necessity,” said the Rev. Donald Calloway, MIC, in his talk in Christ the King Chapel on Sat., Sept. 7.
In his talk, Mary: Masterpiece of the Trinity, Calloway gave an overview of the history and theology of Marian devotion, drawing on the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Bl. John Paul II and others. Calloway discussed the subject of Mary in light of the Holy Trinity, examining the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’s relationship with her as daughter, mother and spouse.
Calloway compared the battle for holiness to a game of chess: “In this game, it’s all about the king. But by rule of the king, who has the most mobility on the board? Who has the power to move in any direction any number of spaces? Do you know that if a bishop works with the queen, together they can defeat the enemy in four moves? It’s almost impossible to win without her. Lose the queen and it’s game over.”
Calloway said that by deciding to consecrate the world to Mary, Pope Francis has “unleashed the Battle Queen.”
To further illustrate Mary’s role in salvation, Calloway used the example of the Magi coming to worship the infant Jesus, and how they first asked Mary’s permission to see Him.
“They would have had to have gone through Mary to get to Him. They couldn’t just up and take Him. We have a word for that: kidnapping,” he said.
Calloway challenged objections to Marian devotion and called on all Catholics to grow in their relationship with Mary. “God is madly in love with this woman, and he wants you to fall madly in love with her too,” he said.
Annie Williams, a student, said: “Father Calloway’s talk was very moving for me, making me laugh, cry and rejoice in God’s love. For the first time I was able to see Mary as God the Trinity sees and loves her – as His little child, His Immaculate Mother and His perfect spouse. I came to understand more how Mary loves me and wants to protect me under her mantle. His talk moved me to action and to be excited to share Mary’s love with people who don’t know and love her. God bless Father Calloway.”
An impromptu singing of “Immaculate Mary” followed the talk. Calloway was available afterward for a book signing.
In addition to being a graduate of Franciscan University, Calloway is a nationally acclaimed speaker and author of the book “Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest”, which is available in the Franciscan University Bookstore.