"If the world wanted what is called a non-controversial aspect of Christianity, it would probably select Christmas. Yet it is obviously bound up with what is supposed to be a controversial aspect (I could never at any stage of my opinions imagine why); the respect paid to the Blessed Virgin ...You cannot visit the child without visiting the mother, you cannot in common human life approach the child except through the mother. If we are to think of Christ in this aspect at all, the other idea follows as it is followed in history ... those holy heads are too near together for the haloes not to mingle and cross."
~~ G.K. Chesterton
(from a December entry in Through the Year With Mary: 365 Reflections)
(Painting: detail of Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist, Bouguereau, 1882)