I went to a concert tonight at the local community college -- it was great! They did a very good performance of Dido and Aeneas, among other things, and it makes me want to get back into singing and playing serious music more often. Exciting possibilities loom on the horizon!
But back to the topic at hand -- part five of "Hail WHO? - What Do Catholics Really Believe About Mary." Tonight, we'll cover the next section of my paper on Mary as the New Eve which focuses on Mary's faith and obedience. And just when I thought I was the Queen of run-on sentences, I must now acknowledge St. Irenaues as the King -- he totally rocks a theologically amazing run-on in this passage. Check it out!
"so that the man should not have thoughts of grandeur, and become lifted up, as if he had no lord, because of the dominion given to him, and the freedom, fall into sin against God his creator, overstepping his bounds, and take up an attitude of self-conceited arrogance towards God, a law was given him by God, that he might know that he had for lord the Lord of all." (19)
"the Word was made flesh, in order that sin, destroyed by means of that same flesh through which it had gained the mastery and taken hold and lorded it, should no longer be in us; and therefore our Lord took up the same first formation for an Incarnation, that so He might join battle on behalf of His forefathers, and overcome through Adam what had stricken us through Adam." (26)
"Rightly therefore the holy Fathers see her as used by God not merely in a passive way, but as freely cooperating in the work of human salvation through faith and obedience. For, as St. Irenaeus says, she 'being obedient, became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.'" (27)
"the value of Mary's consent at the time of the Annunciation, recognizing in the Virgin of Nazareth's obedience to and faith in the angel's message the perfect antithesis of Eve's disobedience and disbelief, with a beneficial effect on humanity's destiny." (28)
"Yes, truly 'blessed is she who believed'! These words, spoken by Elizabeth after the Annunciation, here at the foot of the Cross seem to re-echo with supreme eloquence, and the power contained within them becomes something penetrating. From the Cross, that is to say from the very heart of the mystery of the Redemption, there radiates and spreads out the prospect of that blessing of faith. It goes right back to 'the beginning,' and as a sharing in the sacrifice of Christ - the new Adam - it becomes in a certain sense the counterpoise to the disobedience and disbelief embodied in the sin of our first parents." (31)
18. Genesis 2:16-1719. St, Irenaeus, Proof, #15.20. Ibid.21. St, Irenaeus, Proof, #16.22. Catechism of the Catholic Church #400.23. Genesis 3:1724. Genesis 3:2325. St, Irenaeus, Proof, #16.26. St, Irenaeus, Proof, #31.27. Lumen Gentium #58.28. Calkins, Rev. Msgr. Arthur Burton. "The Mystery of Mary Coredemptrix in the Papal Magisterium." In Mary Co-redemptrix - Doctrinal Issues Today. 2002. p. 26.29. Luke 1:3430. Luke 1:3831. Redemptoris Mater - "Mother of the Redeemer - On the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Life of the Pilgrim Church." Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II, 1987. (Pauline Books and Media, Boston). #19.
As always, thanks for stopping by! Until next time, be assured of my prayers.
Peace and all good,