Mary’s perpetual virginity, Mary: Day 039

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Mary’s perpetual virginityIn the fourth century, one Scripture interpreter cited a passage in the Gospel of Matthew to claim that Mary gave birth to other children after Jesus. In response, the great Bible scholar St. Jerome showed how the passage doesn’t contradict the Church’s ancient tradition that Jesus was Mary’s only Child.Joseph had no relations with Mary, the Gospel says, “until she had borne a son” (Mt 1:25). In this passage, some people insist, until implies a fixed and defi- ni … [Read more...]

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Mary’s special gifts help her witness to Christ, Mary: Day 038

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Mary’s special gifts help her witness to ChristBlessed John Henry Newman considers how Mary’s special gifts, and her special dignity in the Church, are necessary for her to bear proper witness to her Son.If the Mother of God is to bear witness to Emmanuel, she must be necessarily more than the Mother of God. For consider: A defense must be strong in order to be a defense; a tower must be, like that Tower of David (which is one of her titles), “built with bulwarks”; “a thousand bucklers ha … [Read more...]

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Mary’s honors defend the truth about her Son, Mary: Day 037

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 Mary’s honors defend the truth about her SonBlessed John Henry Newman observes that God allowed Mary to remain in the background until the divinity of her Son was challenged in the early centuries of the Church. At that time, the attention of the world turned to her as the “Mother of God,” for that title defended the truth about his identity.I have shown you how full of meaning are the truths which the Church teaches concerning the Most Blessed Virgin. Now consider how full of m … [Read more...]

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The glories of Mary are for the sake of Jesus, Mary: Day 036

The glories of Mary are for the sake of JesusMary has a mission to fulfill, declares Blessed John Henry Newman. Her graces and glories are not for her own sake, but for that of her Son.The glories of Mary are for the sake of Jesus. We praise and bless her as the first of creatures, so that we may confess him as our sole Creator. Mary is exalted for the sake of Jesus. It was fitting that she, as being a creature, though the first of creatures, should have an office of ministry.She, as … [Read more...]

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Mary is a fountain of grace, Mary: Day 035

Mary is a fountain of graceSt. Alphonsus encourages us to seek Mary’s help by reminding us that she’s eager to give it.What the Venerable Sister Mary Villani saw in a heavenly vision is experienced by many. This servant of God once saw the Mother of God as a great fountain. Many went to the fountain, and from it they carried off the waters of grace in great abundance.But what then happened? Those who had jars without cracks kept the graces they received. But those who brought broken v … [Read more...]

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The price of redemption is found in Mary’s womb, Mary: Day 034

The price of redemption is found in Mary’s wombSt. Bonaventure considers what kind of magnificent price had to be paid to purchase so great a redemption as ours.“Who shall find a valiant woman? Far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her” (see Prv 31:10). This is the price about which the Apostle Paul speaks: “You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:20).This price had to be great to redeem the whole world and the entire human race. So it was nece … [Read more...]

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