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Why We Should Listen to Mary

Even if she’s all in your head, she has something important to say

Mixed Media print of Mary Magdalene

Credit: Icon 8 by Sandra Salamony

One of the largest surprises of almost 20 years at this magazine was reading a draft of Beverly Donofrio’s “Making Belief in Mary” and realizing that Clark Strand has become a channel. While I don’t really know Clark, I’ve edited his writing over the years and feel I have some idea how his mind works. He seems clear-headed (a longtime Zen monk) and open-minded (he created a unique Bible study group for nonbelievers.) But his Mary apparition really startled me. That he was channeling her words also made me sad.Rereading the draft I realized that what made me sad were Bev’s initial examples of the miracles that came to pass. Thanks to Mary, Bev had found a new house cheap and another rosary group member got out of paying his back taxes. In other words, this apparition seemed another one of the multitude of personal angels and best-selling authors who claim that God or the universe wants us to move closer to the 1 percent. Divine or not, this Mary seemed a far cry from the angelic voices that have stuck through time—like Allah in the cave preaching to Mohammad against greed or the stories of the selfless M …

About the Author

Stephen Kiesling

Stephen Kiesling is a former Olympic rower, co-creator of the Nike Cross Training System, and editor at large of Spirituality & Health. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.

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