We're now on the 4th night of the "Hail WHO? -- What Do Catholics Really Believe About Mary" series. For any who are just joining us, this series began in response to many questions that I have received about Catholic devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus, and in particular to a well-articulated and complicated question about Mary, which you can read here.
I offer my sincere thanks to all who have been reading the series so far around the world, and for the positive feedback I have received. I hope that clarifying what Catholic Christians believe about Mary will help to serve as a bridge toward greater Christian unity. As always, I also welcome any clarifying comments, questions, or concerns you have about the Catholic understanding of theology of Mary, especially since I'm bring out the Mariological big guns here. Read, pray, and ask away!
Tonight, I'll present the second part of my paper "Open Wide the Gates - Mary as the New Eve," in which we'll examine the verse "I will put enmity between you and the woman" and what this means in regard to Marian theology. So grab your coffee, and enjoy!
"is concretely accomplished in Mary; and ... this woman, this mother, is not merely a symbol, but thanks to Mary, she has a personal existence[.] Likewise on this point, the connection between Mary and the Church is brought out with such striking force that Mary, as well as the Church, is drawn in outline behind the woman snatched by God from the attacks of the serpent (Ap 12, 13-16), the counterpart of Eve, deceived by the same serpent (2 Co 11,3; Gn 3,13). Such was Mary's role in the plan of salvation." (15)
"Thus Mary, a daughter of Adam, consenting to the divine Word, became the mother of Jesus, the one and only Mediator. Embracing God's salvific will with a full heart and impeded by no sin, she devoted herself totally as a handmaid of the Lord to the person and work of her Son, under Him and with Him, by the grace of almighty God, serving the mystery of redemption." (16)As Eve was instrumental, though secondary, with Adam in the Fall of the human race, so Mary was instrumental, though secondary, in the restoration of grace. By submitting to God's will in full freedom, Mary is granted surpassing dignity and an essential role in the Trinitarian work of salvation and redemption. Mary's significant role in the plan of salvation is possible because of her humble obedience and her active participation in God's providential design. Indeed, as Fr. Jean Galot, S.J. describes,
"the divine plan provided for the maternal cooperation of Mary, assigning to the woman an essential role in the work of salvation. There was here a congruity with the divine intention of conferring on the woman all her dignity and to commit her fully in the undertaking of the restoration of the world." (17).
To be continued tomorrow!14. Catechism of the Catholic Church, #398.15. Leon-Dufour, Xavier. Dictionary of Biblical Theology. (The Word Among Us Press: Ijamsville, 2000). p. 341.16. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Vatican II, Lumen Gentium (LG), 21 Nov, 1964. (New York: Costello Publishing Company, 1996). #56.17. Galot, Rev. Jean, S.J. "Mary Co-Redemptrix: Controversies and Doctrinal Questions." In Mary Co-Redemptrix - Doctrinal Issues Today. p. 22
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Peace and all good,