Slide 4: Mary's "Yes" Reverses
The "No" of Adam and Eve Slide 5: As Christ is the New Adam
So Mary is the New Eve Slide 6: "Not My Will
But Your Will be Done" Jesus' Yes Reverses Adam's No Slide 7: The Reversal of Sin Slide 13: This is Mary's word to us:
"Do whatever he tells you." Slide 14: Paolo Veronese
The Marriage at Cana
Musée du Louvre, Paris
The Web Gallery of Art Slide 17: The angel Gabriel called Mary highly favored or “full of grace” in Lk 1:28.
The Greek word, kecharitomene, means "completely, perfectly, enduringly endowed with grace.”
For this reason (and other reasons) Catholics hold that she was free of sin from conception and throughout her life. Even Martin Luther agreed :) Slide 18: The Council of Ephesus
"The Mother of God" Slide 19: Mary Gives God ALL
The Glory for Her Greatness Slide 21: Mary is a creature/human, like us, and is not worshiped in Catholicism as a sort of goddess.
Mary is venerated (honored) due to the honor of having been chosen to bear and raise the incarnate God. Slide 22: CATHOLICS DO NOT WORSHIP MARY!
CATHOLICS DO NOT WORSHIP SAINTS!
CATHOLICS VENERATE/HONOR MARY AND THE SAINTS!!!!!!!!!
CLEAR???? :) Slide 23: The closer one is to God, the holier one must be. God's presence imparts holiness.
The Ark of the Covenant was so holy only a few (high priests) could touch it. Scripture compares Mary to the Ark (Lk 1:35 & Ex 40:34-8 /Lk 1:43 & 2 Sam 6:9).
If mere inanimate objects can be so "holy" due to proximity with God, how much more so Mary, who bore God? “Mary, Ark of the Covenant” Slide 24: Mary is
Mother of Us All Slide 25: MARY OUR SPIRITUAL MOTHER AND INTERCESSOR
The idea of Mary as the Mother of believers is derived most directly from John 19:26-7, where Jesus tells St. John from the cross to "behold thy mother."
Mary is also Mother and symbol of the Church in Rev 12:1,5,17. Catholics believe that they greatly benefit from Mary's intercession because of her closeness to Christ and being without sin.
“Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person is very effective.” James 5:16). Slide 27: Revelation -- Chapter 12
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations …. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it. Slide 28: When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year.
The serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current. But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth. Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus. Our Lady Of Guadalupe : Our Lady Of Guadalupe Slide 30: Mary is
Mother of Us All Slide 31: Since Mary is incomparably more holy than we are, to ask for her prayers is good "spiritual sense.”
“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of saints.” (Rev. 5:8). Who knows Jesus
better than Mary? Slide 32: As the obedient, holy Son of God, Jesus was a firm believer in the commandment to honor one's father and mother. The commandment in Hebrew literally reads, "Glorify your father and mother.”
This means that, since Christ took God's commandments very seriously, he would glorify his mother Mary.
As a result, if we were to talk about Mary in an impious manner, then we would be offending not only Mary but also Christ. If our goal is to imitate Christ, then we, too, should glorify and honor his Mother. Slide 33: The Human Mary
Our Lady of Sorrows Slide 36: The Dogma of
The Immaculate Conception Slide 38: Mary as Queen of Heaven
Mary as Intecessor The Rosary : The Rosary The Rosary : The Rosary Name: “a crown of roses”
Description:The Rosary is made up of twenty "mysteries" (significant events or moments in the life of Jesus and Mary), which are grouped into four series: 5 Joyful, 5 Luminous, 5 Sorrowful, and 5 Glorious.
A great weapon of prayer -- like becoming a Catholic ninja Slide 41: Some Christians criticize the element of repetition in prayer (namely, the rosary). This stems from Christ in Matthew 6: 7 who said: “But in praying, do not multiply words, as the Gentiles do; for they think that by saying a great deal they will be heard…”
But it is also apparent in the Bible that God Himself used the
repetition of words and expressions in prayer (immediately following the passage above Jesus teaches the Our Father and instructs them to repeat it!).
The Bible uses repetition all over the place:
Isaiah 6:3 -- “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts…”
Psalm 150 -- Records a 12-fold repetition in one psalm.
Psalm 113 -- “His Love Endures Forever!’ (over and over again)
St. Paul: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”
In short, repetition has been part of the Jewish-Christian tradition for the
last 4000 years. It is empty repetition that Christ rightly criticizes. Did Mary have other children?A few points : Did Mary have other children?A few points Why would Jesus have given Mary to John at the crucifixion if he had brothers?
The word ‘brother’ in the Greek NT can easily mean cousins, relatives, etc.
In Acts 1: 14, the Scripture mentions about 120 people in the early Christian community and ends with “and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” Does that mean Mary had 120 children??? Summary on Mary : Summary on Mary Mary’s Yes to God reverses the No of Eve. Mary becomes the new Eve (as Jesus is the new Adam).
Mary is the ‘Woman’ in Scripture -- she models what it means to bear Christ and to follow Christ. We are all called to be ‘bearers of Christ’.
Mary is the model of Christian discipleship -- she models humility, obedience, strength and courage.
Mary is the Mother of all Christians, and the Mother of the Church.
Mary puts our needs before Christ -- like she did at the Wedding at Cana. Summary on Mary : Summary on Mary We Honor Mary because we imitate Christ (who honored his Mother). Catholics do not worship Mary.
We pray to Mary, because Mary knows Christ better than anyone -- and she leads us to him, not to herself.
Mary is holy because God is holy.
Mary was Immaculately conceived (Immaculate Conception) and Assumed bodily into heaven (The Assumption). These are dogmas of the faith (essential teachings of the Catholic faith).
The Rosary is one of the highest forms of Catholic prayer (the Mass is the highest). The rosary meditates upon the life of Christ and Mary.