A Book on
Apparitions of the Virgin Mary
by The M+G+R Foundation
Glossary of Commonly Used Terms
This Glossary is not intended to be of
encyclopaedic scope or of theological exactitude. It is simply an
attempt to define in every day terms some words that are very specific
to the work at hand and that are usually misunderstood, or not
understood at all, even by the Catholic faithful.
It is NOT the same as Adoration. Adoration is only due to God. Devotion
is a form of loyal dedication. In the context in here used - "Marian
Devotion" - it means dedication to the desires and plans of the Virgin
Mary. These desires and plans, always, without exception, lead to a
deeper level of Adoration of Her Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Our
Eucharistic Presence of Jesus in The Blessed Sacrament
Once a host or a specially prepared bread is consecrated by a properly
ordained priest of the Orthodox or Roman Catholic Church, it becomes
the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Although invisible to the human
eye, Jesus Christ is truly present in that host - Body, Blood, Soul and
Divinity - just as He is present in Heaven. This is what is referred to
as the "Eucharistic Presence".
This term signifies that the Virgin Mary was conceived without the
stain of the Original Sin in Her soul which all humans are born with.
It DOES NOT MEAN that Her parents did not use the God created
method to conceive off springs.
The heart of the Virgin Mary, by an act of Divine Grace, was not only
free of Original Sin, but, it was kept free of sin throughout Her
entire life. Thus, Her heart is pure - thus - "Immaculate".
Very clear words and/or information perceived by the person who
receives them as though they were being born from the heart and
impressed on the mind, and which comprise a message. [Ref. 15]
An event in which the Virgin Mary becomes visible to some human beings.
In most instances, She will also speak. In rare instances, She may be
touched. [Ref. 15]
Sacrifices made, primarily, by depriving the body of comforts,
conveniences and physical or (apparent) psychological pleasure. This is
done as a form of retribution for our sins or those of others, known or
unknown to us.
The normal daily aggravations like a traffic jam, flat tire, a broken
bibelot, etc. may become, if specifically offered, part of our
Penitence/Penance due to God from us.
Pope or Holy Father
He is the recognized Spiritual Leader of all the Roman Catholics of the
world and the unrecognized Successor of Peter to all of humanity.
It is basically a retribution or payment through penitence / penance
offered to God for sin. An Act of Reparation made because of insults
hurled at the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary may take the form of
an act on our part (an offer of a certain set of prayers, or do without
some pleasure for some time, or an act of charity) offered to God, in
'Reparation' for insults against His Mother.
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