WHO IS REALLY MARY and WHY IS SHE SO IMPORTANT?
Allow Us to Explain and Prove It Without Fanaticism
Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ, thus the Mother of God. This is clearly stated in several places in the Holy Scriptures. By way of example, in the Gospel of St. Luke (1:32) we hear Gabriel the Archangel telling Mary about the son that She is about to conceive through the action of the Holy Ghost: "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High...";
Furthermore, as the Secret Concept of the Holy Trinity is unveiled, the reality of Her Divine Motherhood can almost be expressed mathematically. It is no longer an ethereal and elusive manifestation of piety.
Moreover, the Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church has addressed Her as "Theotokos" [Mother of God] since the early days of Christianity and gives Her a preeminent role in the Divine Liturgy; and last, but certainly not least... even the Holy Book of Islam, The Qur'an, gives Mary a preeminence that not even the Christian Scriptures accord Her. The Holy Qur'an proclaimed Her Immaculate Conception almost 1200 years before the Roman Catholic Church proclaimed the Dogma defining it.
About Her Immaculate Conception, thus Her Immaculate Heart
The Roman Catholic Church, through Pope Alexander VII (1661), teaches that:
This was underscored by the Apostolic Letter, issued by Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, December 8, 1854, to wit:
This pronouncement by Pope Pius IX was confirmed by Heaven when the Blessed Virgin appeared to Bernardette in Lourdes, France, on March 25, 1858, identifying Herself as "The Immaculate Conception".
With this, Heaven had confirmed the way of secure refuge for the times that were to come: Her Immaculate Heart. This was thereafter confirmed in a number of Apparitions of Our Lady and of Our Lord, to the point where Her Immaculate Heart has been referred to as the Noah's Ark of these times (Ref. 14).
About Her Collaboration in our Redemption
* By the Will of God, She merited to be
His Own Mother thus Her role as CoRedemptrix and Mediatrix was ordained
from all eternity.
* Exercising Her freedom of choice we have Her acceptance of the Divine Plan.
* At the instant of Hypostatic Union, Mary became the Mother of God-made-man, Jesus Christ, thus, CoRedemptrix.
* On the cross, Jesus Christ, in His last instruction before His death, gave to us through St. John, Mary as our own Mother. Thus Her role as Mediatrix, at that instant, became manifest through its confirmation by God Himself.
St. Ambrose summed up Her role beautifully and truthfully as he said: Who is the Gate (of Heaven) if not Mary? Mary is the Gate through which Christ entered the world! (Ref. 14)
Mary and The Gospel
Until the time that Jesus started His public Ministry, He lived a life hidden from the world. Therefore, all that appears in the New Testament pertaining the pre-public life of Jesus had to come, by necessity, through Mary. She was the only one that could have provided such intimate information to the Evangelists.
Mary's importance cannot be dismissed without dismissing the validity of a significant portion of the New Testament.
On The Immense Power of Mary
"Power" really means ability to "get things done"; it does not require that one "owns" the power. It means the ability to engage the power needed at a particular time.
Monotheistic religions agree that man was created in the Image of God. Thus, if we take the virtues that man exhibits and take them to perfection, we will then see and begin to understand the real attributes of God. It then follows that the power at Mary's command is essentially limited by the power of The Most Holy Trinity, which is Infinite. How is this possible? Allow this writer to walk you to that Truth.
What human father, as imperfect as we are, would deny anything to a good and devoted daughter? None! What human son, as imperfect as we are, would deny anything to a loving, devoted and self-sacrificing mother? None! What human spouse, as imperfect as we are, would deny anything to his obedient, loving and devoted spouse? None!
If we then realize that Mary's father is God the Father; her son, is God the Son; and her spouse is God the Holy Spirit, what would the Most Holy Trinity deny Mary? Absolutely nothing! Whatever She will ask of that uncreated and Awesome Creator, She will obtain. Even when God may not be inclined to do so, He Will do it - just for Her.
Our Lord left us with such a concrete example - the Wedding Feast at Cana [John 2:1-10]. Jesus had no intention of remedying the situation when the wine ran out. Mary thought otherwise and This was the first of Jesus' signs: it was at Cana in Galilee. [John 2:11] At Her request.
We should come to the realization of the very special and primordial role that the female of the human species, The Woman, plays in the ongoing history of humanity, with Mary being the foremost example.
* Mankind fell through disobedience to
* Only God-made-man could pay the price of the redemption of humanity.
* Only a woman, by Divine Decree in accordance to the Universal Laws of Nature, could generate God-made-man. A man could not.
*The woman had to give her consent ["Be it done to me according to thy word."] as an act of free choice.
Thus, without a female of the human species there would not have been Redemption of mankind nor the outpouring of Graces at the time of Pentecost.
We must then acknowledge that Mary is indeed the CoRedemptrix of mankind and the Mediatrix of all Graces.
Going one step further, this writer, without regretting his manhood, must acknowledge that God has shown favor toward the female member of the species. After all, the greatest human that has ever lived was a woman: Mary. Jesus Christ is God-man. He cannot be lumped into the category of human. However, although Mary was conceived without the stain of the original sin upon Her soul, She was 100% human. Thus, regardless of how our feelings may have been conditioned about Mary, Her role was and is essential to the redemption of humanity.
Finally, how could it be wrong to show respect for the Mother of God? We are taught to walk in the imitation of Christ. That works fine for men, because He is a man. Is it then wrong for any Christian woman to try to walk in imitation of Mary?
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