Mary, Mother of God

 

January 1, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Mother of God

Who is Mary?

Mary was a Jewish girl, born of a human mother and a human father, but chosen by God to be the earthly mother of the "Son of God". In Islam the Virgin Mary ("Maryam" in Arabic) is the mother of Jesus (Arabic Isa) who is considered one of the most important prophets of Islam. According to the Qur'an, Isa was born miraculously without a human biological father by the will of Allah (God).

Why is she "so special"?

The creature God chose to become the mother of His Divine Son would have to be "special"; in fact she would have to be "the most perfect" of all of God's creations, even more perfect than the Angels in Heaven.

What does the Bible say about Mary's "being special"?

In all the Holy Scripture, she alone is honored by the statement "all generations shall call me blessed" (Luke 1:48).

Why do Catholics Pray to Mary?

All things that Christ said and did were well planned to give us example and teaching. Performing His first miracle at the request of Mary was no accident (John 2:1-12). Here Christ showed respect for His Mother and that He has an ear for what she requests. When we pray to Mary, or any of the saints, we do one thing and one thing only; we ask them to pray for us. Mary, nor any of the saints, have any power or authority on their own. So we ask them to pray to Christ, for us in exactly the same way we ask a minister or priest to pray for us.

Why should Mary care?

If Mary is the most perfect of all of God's creatures, then this perfection MUST include a perfect love. The most perfect human love is the love of a mother for her child. A human perfection of love IS that every human is loved AS HER OWN CHILD. In essence what Christ did was to share His Mother with us in His love and in her love. This is one reason why we call her "Mary, our Mother". With her in Heaven, we know that we have one who loves us as her own children - so we feel that in reality Christ gave us two mothers; our natural mother and His own mother.

We also honor her with the title, "Mary, our Mother" in much the same way as the Jews honor Abraham by calling him, "Abraham, our Father".

What is the position of Mary in our salvation?

Mary's whole purpose is to lead us to Christ, our Savior. Her constant message to us is summarized in her last words in Scripture, "whatever Jesus tell you to do - DO IT" (John 2:5).

In order to be saved, is it necessary to pray to her or the saints?

NO! NO! This is not necessary. We can be saved ONLY through Jesus Christ. Mary's whole being is dedicated to "bring us to Christ" and "for us to live Christ".

What about her apparitions such as at Fatima?

In the Old Testament, God frequently sent a prophet to warn the Jews of their doom if they continued to sin against Him. If God warned the Jews before punishment, it stands to reason that He would warn us if punishment is due, only now in addition to sending the Angel Gabriel, He also sends His most Blessed Mother. That is what Fatima is all about. God performing a miracle witnessed by over 50,000 people at Fatima to prove that the message was from Him. And the message? Basically the same as to the Jews; i.e., a warning of chastisement if we did not repent and return to Christ, that there would be another War during the reign of Pope Pius XI - and that was World War II. Then, if we still did not repent, and return to Christ, God would allow Russia to chastise the world.

How do we know that at Fatima it was not the devil impersonating Mary?

Mary's message was: "Repent, and return to Christ and His teaching." No matter what good is done, some people will call it the work of Satan, just as they accused Christ of being the devil. Christ's answer then certainly applies to this situation now (Matt. 12:22-37).

Death of Virgin Mary

Finally when she was 59 years old, Mary died A.D. 48. She had enough time to say goodbye to all the apostles before she died. The grieving apostles took her body to a tomb near the one that Jesus was laid in. They covered her with a white shroud and laid her to rest in the tomb. But Mary's body didn't stay there. Jesus came to her and took her body and soul into heaven to be with Him. On Bulbul Dag (Nightingale mountain) there is the House of the Virgin where it's believed that she passed last years of her life and died. Virgin Mary came to Ephesus together with St. John and taken up to Panaghia Kapulu mountain to survive the Roman persecutions. The House was destroyed by many earthquakes and not discovered until 1951 thanks to a German Nun, Catherine Emmerich who saw its location in her visions. Pope Benedict XVI visited Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus near Selcuk, Turkey, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006.

 

Mary, Queen of the Universe

The Immaculate Virgin preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords, (cf. Apoc. 19:16) and conqueror of sin and death.


An Offering to the Hearts
of Jesus and Mary
 

  

 
O Jesus, only Son of God, only Son of Mary,
I offer Thee the most loving Heart of Thy divine Mother
which is more precious and pleasing to Thee than all hearts.
 
O Mary, Mother of Jesus,
I offer Thee the most adorable Heart of Thy well-beloved Son,
who is the life and love and joy of thy Heart.
 
Blessed be the Most Loving Heart
and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the most glorious Virgin Mary, His Mother, in eternity and forever.
Amen.

Prayer for Mary

My Queen, my Mother, I give myself entirely to thee, and to show my devotion to thee, I consecrate to thee this day, my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve.  Wherefore good Mother as I am thine own, keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession.
Amen.


Mary, Our beloved Mother

Mary is a simple girl from Nazareth.
She is very humble, she is the most humble person on earth.
She is born without the bad influence of the original sin.
When she lived on earth, she had never committed a sin.
She is totally without sin.
She is very beautiful, the most beautiful girl from all times in the entire world.
She is a Virgin and rested a Virgin, even after the birth of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit came upon her and the power of the Most High overshadowed her.
She has conceived in her womb the Son of God, Jesus.
She is the living Tabernacle of Jesus.
The Body and Blood of Jesus came into being by the Union with the Holy Spirit, and by her body and her blood.
Jesus is perfectly united with His Father and with The Holy Spirit.
Mary is the Tabernacle of the Holy Trinity.
She is the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of God.
She is perfectly united with her Son Jesus.
As a baby, Jesus was totally dependent on her.
She has fed Him, has educated Him.
She was present at all important moments of the life of Jesus.
She stood under the cross and saw and felt the Passion of Jesus.
Her Heart is pierced by a sword.
She was present at the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
She is the Perfect Image of the Church.
She is the City of God.
She is the Queen of Heaven, the Queen of All Saints, the Queen of Angels.
Her Son Jesus is the King of Heaven and the King on Earth.
She is a perfect guide, who leads us to her Son Jesus.
In a spiritual way, the saints are conceived in her womb and born out her womb.


God’s Masterpiece of Mercy

The Blessed Virgin is given to us like God’s masterpiece of mercy, as the one whose sole purpose in life is to let us enter the Father’s mercy by this narrow, royal door.

Since Mary is really the masterpiece of this mercy, she is, so to speak, the personification of the Father’s mercy. Our Lord is the source of mercy for us, but in His close relationship with the Father, He is beyond mercy because He is the only Son of the Father; however in the case of the Son, the Father does not adopt an attitude of mercy but an attitude of love.

Mary is a creature, a pure creature. Mercy completely enveloped her from the starting point; all her life she never ceased receiving the Father’s mercy in plenitude. This mercy is intended to introduce her into love, but it is a love that takes on a special nuance, because when God’s love is communicated to a creature, it necessarily takes the form of a love of mercy.
 


In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I Trust!

Look to the Star
Call upon Mary!
In danger, in difficulty
or in doubt,
think of Mary,
call upon Mary,
Keep her name on your lips,
Never let it pass
out of your
heart. Following
in her footsteps,
you will not go astray:
praying to her,
you will not
fall into despair:
thinking of her
you will not err.
While she keeps hold
of your hand,
you will not fall ...
you will not grow weary ...
you will have no fear ...
Enjoying her protection,
you will reach the goal.

(Saint Bernard)

 

 

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