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Tuesday, May 2, 2006
May - the Month of Mary
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May is traditionally the month of growth in regard to nature, and for this reason, May is one of my favorite months. It is extremely beautiful, but it is also important in the Church. May is also traditionally the Month of Mary, where we recall the role of Mary in salvation.

She is the Virgin Mother of God, whose fiat allowed Our Lord to take human form. Because of her completely trust in God, she lived her life sinlessly. And, after her life, she was assumed into Heaven by the power of God and crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth. She is, of course, not divine. We worship only Jesus Christ, but we honor Mary as a saint. We honor God by remembering the role of Mary in the beginning of our salvation. And, remember, Devotion to Mary always leads to Jesus Christ!

In May there are a number of wonderful feastdays including the Anniversary of Fatima (May 13) and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary (May 31) according to the 1962 Calendar. According to the 1969 Calendar, May 31 is the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

So, during this month I will be posting more on Mary and how she leads us in a relationship to Christ. I also ask you to please say the Rosary each day, if possible, this month. St. Peter's Helpers has an amazing post on the history of the Rosary and quotations concerning it. So, please pray the Rosary this month. May is also a typical time for a Marian Pilgrimage, Procession, or Coronation. For more information, please see a website by the University of Dayton. Fisher Eaters also has extensive information concerning the May Crowning.



Please see a related post with many links to posts from A Catholic Life on the Blessed Virgin Mary: Mary the Mother of God.

Zenit has also published the following story, which I found on St. Peter's Helper:

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI proposes May to be a time to rediscover the role of the Virgin Mary in Christian life. After Christ's resurrection, when the apostles gathered with her, Mary was for them both "mother and teacher, a role she continues to carry out for Christians of all times," the Pope said today before praying the Regina Caeli with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.

"Every year, during Eastertide, we live this experience more intensely and, perhaps, precisely for this reason, popular tradition has consecrated the month of May, which normally falls between Easter and Pentecost, to Mary," the Holy Father said. The Bishop of Rome invited the faithful to rediscover in the coming month "the maternal role she carries out in our lives, so that we may always be docile disciples and courageous witnesses of the risen Lord."

Benedict XVI entrusted to Mary "the needs of the Church and of the world, especially at this moment marked by not a few shadows." The Pope invited those present to invoke the intercession of St. Joseph, whom the Church will remember on Monday as worker, especially for the labor world. The Holy Father will begin the month of May by praying the rosary Monday afternoon at the Shrine of Divine Love, near Rome.

13 comments:

del_button May 2, 2006 at 8:52 PM
horicon said...

Hi,

I would just like to have a discussion on the Greek word "pas"

Especially in these passages.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 &
2 Corinthians 5:15 &
Romans 3:23

1 Timothy
3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15
15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Romans 3:23
23For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

This is what i believe:

God wants all (every single person) to be saved and be with him in Heaven.

Christ died for all (every single person), even unbelievers, but that doesn't mean they will be in heaven.

All (every single human being) have sinned and fallen short of God's Glory. That includes Mary.


Thanks and God bless,

del_button May 2, 2006 at 9:27 PM
Kim said...

Yay May! I'm so excited, as past Mays I'd cringed at the thought of Mary. But, as a good mother should; she lead me to her son (and has not stopped!). I hold her responsible for bringing me out of atheism. I've found she's rather persistent. ;)

I find that my life has been more fulfilling since I came to the understanding Mary's role in my life and the Church's life (how would we have Christ without her?!).

To Jesus through Mary, indeed! :D

del_button May 2, 2006 at 9:43 PM
Danny Garland Jr. said...

Horicon,
Look up Psalm 14. You will see that the psalmist says "there is none that does good," and "all have gone astray, they are all alike corrupt, there is none that does good, no, not one."
However, later in the same it that all the evildoers eat up God's people and God is with the generation of the righteous.

If ALL(as in every single person are evil) how can there be anyone who are God's people and who are righteous.

You should read Paul's quotes in context. Paul didn't prooftext and neither should you.

Also, Enoch and Elijah were reckoned as being righteous and without sin, therefore they didn't receive the reward for sin(i.e. death), but rather were taken up into Heaven body and all by God.

By the grace of Christ, Mary was born without the stain of original sin and remained sinless.

del_button May 2, 2006 at 10:43 PM
Saint Peter's helpers said...

Thank you for the links Moneybags. God bless you always!

del_button May 5, 2006 at 8:41 PM
horicon said...

Hi danny,

We must look at Romans 5:18-19

18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.


Through Christ, we can be declared righteous before God. We can only do good because of Christ.

Isaiah 64:6
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags, we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

Without Christ, all our "good works" are not really good, but more like filthy rags.

There is no where in the Bible that specifically says Mary was concieved without sin. And the way you translate Genesis 3, does not match up with the rest of Bible.

del_button May 5, 2006 at 8:51 PM
Moneybags said...

Horicon, you said: "There is no where in the Bible that specifically says Mary was concieved without sin."

No where says she was born with sin either. No passage implies that she ever sinned. How could Christ have taken on the flesh of a sinful person if He is sinless?

del_button May 5, 2006 at 9:51 PM
Danny Garland Jr. said...

Horicon,

"We must look at Romans 5:18-19


18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. "


Let's look at verse 18 first:

"Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men."

The one act of trespass that brought condemnation for all men was the fall from grace in the garden (Adam's sin). Because of it all have original sin. I'm not saying Enoch or ELijah were born without original sin. I'm saying they led holy and righteous lives without commiting sin while alive. They were born with the stain of original sin, however did not commit sin due to the grace of God.
By being baptised into Christ, that original sin is washed away. Mary however was born without original sin, by an act of grace that Christ performed before the conception of Mary. This is something that was a given with the apostles and was passed on to this time.

Do you think Christ is limited in what he does? Do you think he couldn't offer his grace to his mother before the incarnation? If you were able to, wouldn't you yourself want to save your mother from the stain of original sin? Why wouldn't Jesus? These are serious and important questions to answer.

There is a good site that explains this here:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07674d.htm


Verse 19 is similar to 18:

"For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. "

Notice though in 18 it talks of all suffering from condemnation (original sin) and in 19 it talks of many being sinners.

First you need to realize that just because one is born with original sin, that doesn't neccessarily mean they will be a sinner (See Enoch and Elijah).

Second you must note that it says "Many" not "All" will be made sinners. Many people born are sinners. But not all are (Enoch, Elijah, Mary [and possibly even Shem]).


Next you say:

"Through Christ, we can be declared righteous before God. We can only do good because of Christ.

Isaiah 64:6
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags, we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

Without Christ, all our "good works" are not really good, but more like filthy rags." "

To this I say AMEN! Absolutely Right! You may be more Catholic than you know!

This is the basis for the Catholic doctrine of salvation by Grace through Faith and Works.

Many Protestants have a problem with the works part. They think we are trying to earn our way into Heaven. Not so!

First of all without Grace we are nothing, we can do nothing. However, when we have God's saving Grace (by baptism) our works are no longer our own. It is Christ working in us. Our works become God's works!

As for Genesis 3, if you look at the link I provided it should answer it there.

Many Blessings,
Danny

del_button May 6, 2006 at 9:39 AM
horicon said...

This comes from the link you gave me.
[No direct or categorical and stringent proof of the dogma can be brought forward from Scripture.]
---------------------------------
my thoughts:

Genisis 3:15 says
God will put enmity between Satan, and the woman, and between Satan's offspring and hers.

When adam and eve sinned, there was now enmity between God and man. This passage is such a beautiful passage, because it shows the promise of the Savior. How will God put enmity between us and Satan? He does this through Jesus. The woman that is refered to in this passage is Eve, she is the only woman there. And all human beings are her offspring. Even Jesus is an offspring of Eve.
And Jesus is the way that God will put enmity between all people (offspring of eve) and satan. This passage is the promise of the Savior for all people, not just Mary and her offspring. After jesus conquer the Devil, there was enmity between her and Satan, and the same applies to all believers. But there is no place in the Bible that says, Mary was concieved without the original stain of sin.

She doesn't deserve any more credit in the role of Salvation, than Moses, or any OT prophet. God is the only one that should recieve credit for our salvation. Mary was chosen to be the mother of Christ, God could've chosen anyone. But Mary herself wasn't important, but the fact that God chose her was an amazing blessing that no one will have ever again.



Revelations 7:12
"Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!"

del_button May 6, 2006 at 6:19 PM
Danny Garland Jr. said...

Horicon,

You quoted the first line from the link I had you look at. Put it back in context with the whole article.

It also says:

"But the first scriptural passage which contains the promise of the redemption, mentions also the Mother of the Redeemer."

As well as:

"Only the continual union of Mary with grace explains sufficiently the enmity between her and Satan."

If Mary had been born with original sin or had sinned, then there would be no enmity between her and Satan, because Satan is the father of sin. But because Mary was born without the stain of original sin, she was at odds with Satan.

Eve is a prefiguration of Mary.
When you read the Bible you must know that the NT is hidden in the Old and the OT is revealed in the New. You can't look at each one as seperate entities. They belong together as a whole!

I want you to take an honest look at Rev 11:19 to 12:17.

The Woman in it is Mary. The Child that she bears who will rule the nations with a rod of Iron is Jesus.

Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. She carried Jesus (the New Covenant) in her womb. It also describes Mary as having on her head a crown of twelve stars.

It also says that the dragon (Satan) was angry at the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring (the members of the Church).

I want you to look at these verses:

2 Sam 6
Ps. 132
Luke 1
Rev 11:19-12:17

See how the ark parallels Mary.

Another thing to know is that whenever there was a King in the Davidic Kingdom the Queen Mother was always at his right hand!

Jesus is King of Heaven. Mary is the Queen Mother at his right hand.

It's important to understand the Davidic Kingdom and how it works. You will understand Jesus' Kingdom so much better if you do.

I did a post a while back that explains alot of this here:

http://irishanddangerous.blogspot.com/2005/12/mary-new-ark-of-covenant-ive-been.html

I hope all of it helps you to understand Mary and her role better.
If you have more questions feel free to ask and I will try to answer as best as possible, and I am sure Moneybags will do likewise.

Peace and Many Blessings,
Danny

del_button August 18, 2007 at 7:50 PM
Seminarian Matthew said...

The Freewebs page about Mary's sinless can now be found here:

http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2005/10/immaculate-conception.html

del_button April 30, 2009 at 1:47 PM
Vicky Xavier. said...

May has come and I am excited to start worshiping Mother Mary. Beautiful post.

del_button May 10, 2009 at 11:40 AM
Anonymous said...

I find it difficult to embrace any faith with anything other than scepticalism but I do honour those who can, and see Jesus who was willing to die for a cause he believed in, be it true or false cause I respect all those willing to believe.
Happy Praying, say a prayer I will one day find my faith!

del_button February 1, 2010 at 8:04 AM
Anonymous said...

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16)
For there is ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man CHRIST JESUS, who gave himself as a ransom for all men -the testimony given in its proper time.(1Timothy 2:5-6)

Que Dios abra sus ojos y sus corazones.
Con el amor del Señor...Florencia

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