[Richard] … thought the summary treatment of Mary by Protestantism was extreme. Protestants only refer to the mother of Jesus when swearing, although she certainly deserves, if not worship, deep admiration.
Christmas was a festival of peace in the prison. Even the guards were overwhelmed by the eve of the birth of the Savior. The Romanians sang colindas, and the Hungarians and Germans sang their own hymns. Richard stood at the end of the long table in the cell and sang Mary’s hymn, the Magnificat, in Hebrew. Vividly and dramatically, with holy enthusiasm and tenderness, rebelliously and victoriously. It was intended as his Christmas gift for the Mary admirers.
[Feri bácsi visited Richard in California shortly before the latter’s death, and the two naturally reminisced about their shared prison time.]
I then recalled the Christmas Eve in prison when he had sung the Magnificat in Hebrew. This had swayed those who disliked and even hated Richard. Gathering all his strength, he sang Mary’s hymn to me again. “My soul doth magnify the Lord!” Yes, we are to magnify Him wholeheartedly, even with the last spark of our ebbing life force.
From, The Foolishness of God. Cluj: Koinónia Publishing, 2010.