May 13, 2016

Mary the Mother of God | A Model of Fidelity

Mary the Mother of Christ

Strengthened by the presence of Christ [cf. Mt. 28:20], the Church journeys through time towards the consummation of the ages and goes to meet the Lord who comes. But on this journey- and I wish to make this point straightaway-she proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary, who "advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and loyally persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross."
St. John Paul II from the encyclical Redemptoris Mater, [On the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the Pilgrim Church] in which he quotes Vatican II's Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.

According to the Catechism, Mary is the model of perfect faithfulness to God found in the New Testament. [Abraham is the example of perfect faithfulness in the Old Testament.]

[CCC 2674] "Mary gave her consent in faith at the Annunciation and maintained it without hesitation at the foot of the Cross."

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