Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Out of curiousity, how do you interpret this bolded passage, "the Trinity has its source in her?" That almost sounds as if the Godhead originated from her, which I know isn't the case...
Also, the second bolded portion. What does it mean "she alone was real"?
Hmm this bolded portion seems to imply that Mary knows what it's like to be human more than Christ and can therefore relate more closely to our humanity? I'm not sure about that...forgive me, but much of this passage seems to me to affirm much of what was stated in the OP (at least the spirit of it). That is, Christ is the just judge, but Mary is the compassionate one who can actually relate to us and our emotions better.
Yes and no, see the compassionate one would be in the context of intercession, but the author of that quote was implying Mary as a comforter, not an intercessor. Our Lady is comforting because she is the protypical Christian, and as a purely human being she experienced all that we experience. Her insight and consolation is therefore very comforting. Further, in our earthly lives, our mothers are not necessarily comforting because they can answer our every request like a wishmaster, quite the opposite. Sometimes our human mothers are the most comforting and reassuring thing in our lives precisely because they stand up with us even when they can't help us. Our mothers can not solve all of our problems, but they go through our problems with us, comforting and consoling us to the best of their ability, and that blind, loving dedication is what is so reassuring. It is the same way with Our Lady, Henry Adams implication was that to the 13th century Christians, Our Lady was a realer consolation because, like our earthly mothers, she was not divine and therefore could not necessarily solve all of our problems willfully and yet still she involves herself in our lives to be there with us. Christ is indeed sublime, because He is Divine, He could solve or problems, but experiences them out of volition, whereas Our Lady is equally subject to them, and yet she still stands up with and for us. That is indeed venerable, and is why we honor our earthly mothers, who do their absolute humanly best against all odds, and so to is the consolation of Our Lady. That is why Henry Adams said
She is there as Queen, not merely as intercessor, and her power is such that to her the difference between us earthly beings is nothing. Her quiet, masculine strength enchants us most.. to peasants and beggars and people in trouble, this sense of her power and calm is better than active sympathy. People who suffer beyond the formulas of expression, who are crushed into silence and beyond pain, want no display of emotion, no bleeding heart, no weeping at the foot of the Cross, no hysterics, no phrases! They want to see God, and to know that He is watching over His own
In regards to our ability to know the Trinity, it is only through the Incarnation that one of the Trinity came to us, and so it is rightful that we call Our Lady the Eastern Horizon where our Dawn always rises, and it is through Mary that we are given access to Christ, not in an intercessory aspect, but in a truly physical way, as Jesus Christ's physical flesh and blood come through our Lady Mary. So that was Henry Adam's implication. In that she alone was real is a bit more poetic, she alone was really ONLY human is the missing word there, and in all honesty, from my own perspective it is very comforting to know that other human beings go through the same kinds of lives I do. Christ is Divine, He can overcome these things, but what of us lowly human beings? Our Lady is one of us, a lowly maidservant who experienced life just as we do, not being the Essence of Grace, but rather Full (or Filled) of Grace from God. That is how she alone is real, in the sense of she alone is really human, and humans are social creatures. This is not to put Mary above God or the Trinity, rather it is to put Her in Her proper human context, and my own mother is infinitely comforting to me because she loves me even when she can't necessarily do anything about, and thus it is why Our Lady also puts tears in my eyes, because even if she can't
intercede for me, she cares enough to witness my life and be there with me, in God's Grace and God's Will, but as a human being subject to that. Christ is not subject to God's Will, He is God's Will, and so sometimes when God's Will is contrary to our own human will, it can hurt our feelings. Mary is there to remind us that it is ok to have hurt feelings because She also endured when God's Will seemed most contrary to human will, at the Manger instead of the Inn, in Egypt instead of at home safe, and in the end at the foot of the Cross and at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher when God Her Son should not have been able to die and yet did.
This is why Adams said
The earth, they say, is a sorry place and the best of it is bad enough, no doubt, even for the earthly Queens.. but there is Mary in heaven who sees and hears as we see and hear, and who keeps them all till we come! So we can wait in patience, more or less!