I just returned from the meeting of the Mariological Society, and will be about it this week. There were excellent talks given on the theme of Mary's Assumption and Queenship.
Here's one thought one of the priests mentioned in a homily. He was talking about how Mary symbolizes different things for us, all in a positive sense. The word "symbol" comes from the Greek, "sym" meaning "together," and "ballo" meaning "to throw." A symbol gets its meaning from various aspects "thrown" or gathered together. The word, "dia" means against, and "dia-ballo" --thrown apart--from which we get the word "diabolos" or in English, the devil. The devil is the one who breaks apart and destroys unity. Mary, instead, is the unifier who brings peace and harmony among people.
I like his comparison and it made me reflect on how Mary unites us and how things that divide people really come from the devil. How do you see it?