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There are many reasons why Catholics practice Marian devotion. One reason, given by Catholic Pam Brink, is that “If I ignore Mary, I am being disrespectful to Jesus”. Catholic apologist David MacDonald makes the same argument in Why do Catholics pray to Mary?: Is it not disrespectful to someone not to honour his mother? Another reason David gives is that, ...


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Theologically and historically the veneration of Mary is inseparably linked to an orthodox understanding of the Incarnation. The Council of Ephesus affirmed St. Cyril's defense of the earlier fathers' use of the term Mother of God -- in St. Cyril's account this is an important part of avoiding "the fallacy of speaking of two sons": The Word's becoming ...


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Mary is totally integral to our faith. She is the Mediatrix of All Graces!* She is the Cause of our Joy! She is the Singular Vessel of Devotion! I think you'd have a more productive time talking about Mary with Protestants than avoiding her. She didn't say "All generations would call me a schmo for letting God walk all over me". She said: All ...


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The Catholic "tradition" is just that. It is not an official teaching or doctrine, but rather something one is free to believe. The Church does not take a physiological stance on whether or not Mary experienced pain during child birth. But to understand where this tradition came from, we have to go back to the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, God ...


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The Immaculate Conception is not the same as the miraculous conception of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary: Mary was conceived (by her mother, Saint Anne) being full of sanctifying grace and free of any stain of original sin. It does not refer to any of the following, which Catholics also ...


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Not Heresy That's a great line from a great song. It's a play on words, using "deliver" in such completely different ways. It is saying that Mary would deliver--give birth to--Jesus, the eternal Son of God who became a Man, and then that Jesus would one day deliver Mary, that is redeem her and all mankind from the power, penalty and presence of sin. ...


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The first part of The Gospel of James, an apocryphal Gospel "contains the story of the unique birth of Mary to Anna and her childhood and dedication to the temple". Similarly The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew confirms "Mary entering service as a temple virgin". David Hughes gives a fascinating historical background on this subject where he says: Mary "the ...


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Originally Luther loved to pray to Mary: “I chose twenty-one saints and prayed to three every day when I celebrated mass; thus I completed the number every week. I prayed especially to the Blessed Virgin, who with her womanly heart would compassionately appease her Son.  (Luther's Works V54.340) After being what he called born again, which is often ...


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Indeed, Catholic theologians are well aware of the Bible verses concerning this teaching. The EWTN Faith Library article on Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces has a fine explanation, under the heading "Objections", that compares the mediation of Christ with the mediation provided by Mary, in light of 1 Tim 3:5. The Catholic Encyclopedia article on Mediator ...


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Did the Herodian Temple have virgins? The answer is almost certainly no. The only real support for Jewish temple virgins is found in Roman Catholic writings in support of the Catholic doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary. This doctrine has no basis in the canonical scriptures, but only in non-canonical early writings, most of which were ...


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The "Hail" would be a normal greeting. I've encountered some people who believe that when Catholics say "Hail Mary.." they're worshiping her. To my understanding the original meaning doesn't necessarily connote addressing royalty, and especially not worship. Those contexts to the word might be a much more modern development. Even in today's English we see ...


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Catholicism includes a great range of traditions: Eastern, Greek, Syrian, Anglican, and Roman. Belief about the details of the nature of Mary may differ. But all agree that Mary is Theotokos - the God bearer, or Mother of God. And consider this: On the Cross (Joh 19:26) the Master told this to a disciple “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the ...


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Why can the Catholic Church not simply ignore the Virgin Mary? Why can it not simply drop Marian devotion altogether? That is like asking the question, Why did God not decide to become incarnate by another means? Why did He pass through Mary? Surely God is omnipotent, and thus can do anything that He wills. So why did He come to us through Mary? ...


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Catechism of the Catholic Church 963 referencing Lumen Gentium 53 says, "She is 'clearly the mother of the members of Christ' . . . since she has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head." Lumen Gentium 53 The Virgin Mary, who at the message of the angel received the Word of God in her ...


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Introductory History of the Litany of Loreto The Litany of the Blessed Virgin--also called the Litany of Loreto--is one of the many Marian litanies, or praises of Mary, composed during the Middle Ages. The place of honor it now holds, in the life of the Church, is due its faithful use at the shrine of the Holy House at Loreto, which, according to ...


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In his book, First Comes Love, Scott Hahn outlines a concept of God that is in concert to this question. He cites a writing of Pope John Paul II. “In the light of the New Testament it is possible to discern how the primordial model of the family is to be sought in God Himself, in the Trinitarian mystery of His life. The divine “We” is the eternal ...


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The earliest Christian writings outside the bible are from what are called the Church Fathers, from around the middle of the second century onwards for a few hundred years. On the Immaculate Conception explicitly, the earliest would appear to be Hippolytus and Origen: He [Jesus] was the ark formed of incorruptible wood. For by this is signified that His ...


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If you will indulge me in a section of "The Great Divorce," by C.S. Lewis. In chapter 3, a deceased bishop (the "Ghost") who is in hell but does not understand that he is, insists on arguing with a friend of his (the "Spirit") - a "Solid" person who wants to bring him to God. Unfortunately, the poor bishop is so wrapped up in his own theology, that he is ...


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Since we speak at least one common language, perhaps this illustration will shed some light on what Catholics gain by Marian consecration. Encapsulation Mary is not the head of the Catholic Church, she is however, the superclass from which all Christians descend. In my Marian consecration, each day I promise to devote all my prayers, actions and ...


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Regardless of later usage, exegesis should look at the original language and the likely original meaning of a text. In the original Hebrew, Isaiah 7:14 uses the word 'almah, which means 'young woman' and is used only in this sense in nine other references in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word for 'virgin' is betulah and is used exclusively in that sense ...


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The principle devotion to Mary is the Rosary. The Rosary was given to St. Dominic directly from Heaven. If you believed this, then your question wouldn't seem so reasonable. Practically the Virgin Mary obtains favors from her Son. It was on her request that he changed the water into wine at Cana. He said, "Woman, why do you involve me? My hour has not ...


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Good answers all around, but let me add what the Blessed Virgin Mary herself said to St. Bernadette at Lourdes only a few years after the proclamation of the dogma: Que soi era immaculada concepcion which is I am the Immaculate Conception So, maybe the question shouldn't be what is the Immaculate Conception but who is the Immaculate Conception. ...


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It is in prophecy of Isiah regarding the birth of the Messiah. "Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child” (Isa 66:7)


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I agree with the above answers but one thing I might add is that many catholics view the virgin mary as "The ark of the new covenant" As the ancient Israelites honored the ark of the covenant in the old testament. Let me explain better if I can, The ark of the covenant in the old testament contained the ten commandments and holy relics and it caried the ...


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from here: I've been studying this question ["Is it Possible for God to Create a Creature More Perfect than Our Lady?"] recently, occasioned at first by a conversation with my wife, right before it providentially popped up in my daily philosophical readings--in Hugon's Cursus Philosophiae Thomisticae, Vol. 3 on Metaphysics. The Thomistic ...


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Patricia Sanchez from the National Catholic Reporter connects the Eucharist and being at one with God with the events that led up to the Crucifixion. Basically, Sanchez's logic goes something like this. We (Catholics) are in union with God by means of Holy Communion. This union is special, because it helps us become better people, and because it leads us ...


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She is Mother of the Church because without her consenting to conceive of Jesus by the Holy Ghost in her womb, Jesus would not have assumed flesh (become man) and founded His Church.


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Luke 1:28: And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace [κεχαριτωμένη], the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. To be full of grace to such an extent as to conceive the 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity is incompatible with sinning. From the Haydock Commentary on Luke 1:28: Hail, full of grace: [5] by the greatest ...


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In Coptic Orthodox text (not sure about other Orthodox Christians), Mary the Mother of Jesus is referred to as the "Second Eve". A quick Google search brought me to this link He is the Lover of mankind; she loves her each of children. He is our Father of all; she is the Lady of us all. He is the Good Shepherd; she is the blessed mother. He is the ...


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God made her free from sin. [AKJV] Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. "I ( God ) will put enmity between you ( Serpent ) and the woman .." It is God's Act and not of Blessed Virgin Mary's own strength that keep her against the ...



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