Becoming Catholic...Again With Mary

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Need some guidance finding a parish near you? The Catholic Church is the only church today that can claim to be the one church founded by Jesus Christ 2, years ago. Other denominations can trace their origins back to various human founders at a later date in history. Christ tells Peter that he is the rock on which He will build His church. When Catholics use the term apostolic succession, they are referring to the line of bishops that stretches all the way back to the apostles—to Peter—the first Pope.

Apostolic tradition the authentic teaching of the apostles was handed from Christ to the apostles, and from them to their successors. This unbroken line of popes the bishops of Rome and all other bishops have guided the Church for the past 2, years, just as Christ intended Matthew Christ sent His apostles out into the world with authority to teach and heal Luke and to forgive sins John This God-given authority is exercised by the bishops within the Catholic Church to this day. Catholics believe that worship is due to God alone. Catholics do, however, venerate Mary.

In other words, we honor our Blessed Mother with great reverence and devotion because she is the Mother of God. Mary is the model of perfect love and obedience to Christ. God preserved Mary from sin, and she conceived our Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing Christ into our world. And without the Incarnation, we would not have salvation. Mary is the most beautiful model of total submission to the will of God. Catholics do not view Mary as equal to Christ, but rather venerate Mary because of her relationship to Christ.

In the O. We know that it is okay to ask others here on earth to pray and intercede for us…. So, I think, once again, we have a situation where a passage of the Bible is being misinterpreted and misunderstood. There is only one mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ, but as members of the Body of Christ, He allows us to share in His mediation. Also, Scripture tells us that we have only one foundation, Jesus Christ 1 Cor ; but, Scripture tells us that there is more than one foundation Eph Scripture tells us that we have only Lord, Jesus Christ Eph ; but, Scripture tells us there is more than one lord Rev Scripture tells us that we have only one Judge, Jesus Christ James ; but, Scripture tells us there is more than one judge 1 Cor Contradictions in Scripture?

Not when these passages are all properly understood in context. Jesus is the only foundation; Jesus is the only Lord; and Jesus is the only Judge.

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If absolutely no one is righteous, then who is James talking about? Luke chapter 1 says that Elizabeth and Zechariah were righteous before God.

If absolutely no one is righteous, then how can that be? Is Scripture contradicting itself? No, the folks who interpret Romans as saying absolutely, without exception, no one is righteous, are misinterpreting that passage. They are corrupt…there is none that does good. Obviously, when the psalmist says that none has done good, he is talking about the fools who say there is no God.

He is not talking about absolutely everyone. Just so Paul when he quotes from this psalm. Paul is not saying absolutely no one is righteous, if he was, then how do you explain all the Old and New Testament passages that refer to the righteous? In Romans it says that no one seeks for God. Does that mean that absolutely no one is seeking God? No, to interpret it that way would be ludicrous! This is not an absolute.

There are exceptions.

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What about John the Baptist? Did he sin? Can someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit his entire life ever sin? That is faulty logic and it makes no sense whatsoever. It is the true Queen of Heaven, Mary, the mother of the male child who is to rule the nations. We do not worship Mary, we honor her, just as Jesus honors her. So, there is absolutely nothing wrong, from a scriptural point of view, in calling Mary the Queen of Heaven, and in honoring her just as Jesus honors her.

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Another point to consider. If Jesus had had any brothers, if Mary had had any other sons, would the last thing that Jesus did on earth be to grievously offend his surviving brothers? In Jn , right before Jesus dies, it says that Jesus entrusted the care of His mother to the beloved disciple, John. If Mary had had any other sons, it would have been an incredible slap in the face to them that the Apostle John was entrusted with the care of their mother!

Also, we see from Mt. So that puts us up to 30 or 40 or so. Do you think Mary had 80 or 90 children? She would have been in perpetual labor! Third, I ask them that if works have nothing to do with our salvation…then how come every passage in the N. We see this in Rom 2, Matthew 15 and 16, 1 Ptr 1, Rev 20 and 22, 2 Cor 5, and many, many more verses. Fourth, I ask them that if we are saved by faith alone, why does 1 Cor say that love is greater than faith?

Protestants believe that, too. Protestants have as their sole rule of faith the written Word of God, which we find in Sacred Scripture. All of the Word of God was at one time passed on orally…Sacred Tradition. Eventually, some of Sacred Tradition was written down…this became Sacred Scripture, which is written tradition. However, Scripture itself tells us that not all of the things that Jesus said and did were written down. Traditions taught by word of mouth, in other words, oral tradition, and traditions taught by letter.

Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Catholic Bibles contain—and have always contained—all of the books of the Bible that have been traditionally accepted by Christians dating back to the time of Jesus. These accepted books total 46 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. Protestant Bibles, however, have seven fewer books in their Old Testament. These books were rejected by Protestant Reformers in the s because elements in these books did not support certain Protestant theology and doctrines. Prior to the sixteenth century, however, all Christians used Bibles containing all 46 books of the Old Testament.

During the first century, there was much debate among the early Christians as to what made up the canon of Scripture. The Church, having been given authority by Jesus Christ and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit see The Church and the Papacy , compiled the Bible in the form that it exists today. Actually, there is no truth to that, whatsoever. As Americans, in the 21st Century, you would know that the author was intending to convey the idea that it was raining pretty doggone hard outside. Thus, every time we speak in praise of Mary, we fulfill biblical prophecy.

Most non-Catholic Christian communities rarely speak of Mary and, when they do, it is often to condemn Catholic views or at best to make passing reference to her in the Christmas season as perhaps a necessary part of the apparatus to bring about the birth of Jesus. But Catholics are generous in their praise of Mary to fulfill that prophecy that all generations will call her blessed. And did Mary hear the word of God and keep it? Mary was, thus, the first Christian, the first to believe in Jesus, and the first to follow Him.

The Church holds Mary up for our esteem and respect since she was the first disciple and since we, too, are called to be disciples of Jesus.

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In a sense, the Church would invite us all to become like Mary. We should listen for and receive into our hearts the Word of God and allow that Word to shape us so that we can make Jesus present in the world. In the fifth century, some sought to separate the human Jesus from the divine Christ. But to attempt some separation of the human nature and the Divine Person is to cut Jesus in two and to risk a denial of the reality of the Incarnation.

The broad Christian tradition of the first Christian millennium saw in Mary not only the Mother of Jesus, and hence the Mother of God, but also the Mother of all who believe in Jesus. Jesus gives each of us who believe in Him, His own mother, to be our mother in our life with Him. Eph , 29; Col Now in the natural world we would consider it monstrous if one woman gave birth to the head of a child and another gave birth to the body or members. Up to this point, I have largely been making rational arguments based on various points of doctrine or interpretations of Scripture.

Yet the issue of Mary is not simply a rational one. It is an issue of the heart. Jesus loved His mother. Should we not imitate Jesus? Imagine for a moment that you could have created your own mother. How would you have made her? Jesus had this opportunity. Do you think He made her anything other than the best?

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The New Testament is abundantly clear that we ought to pray for one another constantly. Therefore, the concept of intercession for fellow believers ought not to be foreign to any Christian. Jesus is quite clear that those who have passed through death live on in God. He says this quite pointedly in criticizing the Sadducees, who do not believe in the resurrection of the body cf. Mt — Those who have died continue to live and, now being purified, they love us more not less than they did when alive on this earth.

My mother loved me, and she has gone to God. It would surely be strange if she did not continue to pray for me that I persevere in the Faith to the end. At the Wedding Feast at Cana, Jesus seems reluctant to act. One of my favorite images was developed in the seventeenth century by St. Louis De Montfort. In this way, Mary becomes a Jesus-mold. If we pour ourselves into her, we will be shaped by her to be just like her Son, Jesus. Is this not the goal of every Christian life? Many, even some Catholics, seem to fear that if we honor Mary we are detracting from Jesus.


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