We are getting back to our "Hail WHO? -- What Do Catholic Really Believe About Mary" series. For those of you just joining, the Mary series started out with some great questions on Mary sent in by a reader. In response, I am laying out the Catholic Church's teachings on Mary in a systematic way. Thanks to those of you who've given me good feedback on the series -- I was anticipating more questions (which, of course, are still welcomed!), and since I haven't gotten too many so far, I'll conclude that: a) you're still considering what's been laid out, and waiting to see where I'm going with all of this; b) you've stopped reading, because the series has gone on so long and you ran out of coffee; c) you fully intended to continue reading, but then fell asleep (again, because you ran out of coffee?); or d) you're afraid to ask a question that might seem silly. If you chose 'd', please know that I love questions (even 'silly' ones!), and that it was my own questions and the questions of others that led me to study the history of the Church's teachings and doctrinal developments on Mary. So feel free to read, pray, and ask away!
Tonight, I'll continue on with next section of my paper on Mary as the new Eve. This section briefly addresses perhaps the most controversial and misunderstood title of Mary -- 'Co-Redemptrix.' Let's dive in!
"Sin, which washes over humanity like a torrent, halts before the Redeemer and his faithful Collaborator. With a substantial difference: Christ is all holy by virtue of the grace that in his humanity derives from the divine person: Mary is all holy by virtue of the grace received by the merits of the Saviour." (44)
"after the events of her Son's hidden and public life, events which she must have shared with acute sensitivity, it was on Calvary that Mary's suffering, beside the suffering of Jesus, reached an intensity which can hardly be imagined from a human point of view but which mysteriously and supernaturally fruitful for the Redemption of the world. Her ascent of Calvary and her standing at the foot of the cross together with the beloved disciple were a special sort of sharing in the redeeming death of her Son. And the words which she heard from His lips were a kind of solemn handing-over of this Gospel of suffering so that it could be proclaimed to the whole community of believers." (46)
As always, thanks for stopping by. Be assured of my prayers!42. Calkins, Rev. Msgr. Arthur Burton. "The Mystery of Mary Coredemptrix in the Papal Magisterium." In Mary Co-redemptrix - Doctrinal Issues Today. 2002. p. 6543. Calkins, p. 8544. Ibid.45. Calkins, p. 52.46. Salvifici Doloris - "On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering." Apostolic Letter of John Paul II, 1984. (Pauline Books and Media, Boston). #25.
Peace and all good,