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Our Blessed Mother, Mary Most Holy

  

 

Many Christians have been trained from childhood to believe

that one of the clear proofs of the falsity of Catholicism

is to be found in the honor that is paid to the

Blessed Virgin Mary

in the Catholic Church,

and in the innumerable trusting prayers

that are offered to her by Catholics.

At the same time it is true that many Christians,

when they learn what are the genuine foundations

of Catholic devotion to Mary ,

are drawn by it so irresistibly

that ultimately they become Catholics.

 

 

For the truth is very simple and clear,

and is all contained in the following two truths:

 

Catholics do not believe that God was bound

by any compulsion to have a Mother;

they believe that He chose to have a Mother

and all that this implies.

 

"..Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.

And of his kingdom there shall be no end."   - Luke 1:30-33

 He chose to permit His human body to be formed in her womb.

 

 

He chose to permit her to bring Him forth

as a tiny baby into the world.

 

He chose to let her feed Him at her breast,

carry Him in her arms,

guard Him from danger, and teach Him

as any child would be taught,

to walk and speak and pray.

 

He thereby chose to grant Mary a power over Him

that only love can bestow.

 

Catholics believe that in choosing a mother,

the Son of God chose to grant her the power over His will

that the love of a good mother always wields over a good son.

 

 

Catholics believe that the Son of God

chose to come into the world through a mother

in order that that mother might accept as His brothers

all the children of the sinful race of man.

 

He set an example as to how she should be honored and loved.

He prepared her for this motherhood of all

by asking her to suffer every conceivable form of pain,

thus teaching her sympathy for the sorrows of her children.

 

Had she been His Mother alone,

He would have spared her from pain,

because He had the power to do so

and because He loved her with an infinite love.

 

" His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye. "  - John 2:5

He wrought His first public miracle at her request,

and when He was dying He reminded her

that she had been destined from the beginning

to be a Mother to all.

 

Mary will be as eager to help them, in troubles of soul and body,

as every natural mother is eager

to promote the welfare of her child.

 

The prayers and rosaries that Catholics recite

are but the expression of their belief in these two truths.

 

They know that if Mary speaks to her divine Son in their behalf,

there can he no doubt about their receiving

an answer to their prayers. 

Imprimatur  -  St. Louis, May 5, 1960  Joseph E. Ritter    Archbishop of St. Louis

 

 

 

She will lead us to Him by the shortest path. 

Learn to love Him as an infant, as she did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MUSIC: Ave Maria, Johann Sebastian Bach, The Cathedral Singers, conducted by Proulx