Originally posted by HopSkipJump
I have some issues with the Catholic Church. There are things that are absolutely, positively created by men. However, I have many, many, many more
issues with the born again evangelicals. (Not Protestants, the non-denominational groups that are of recent invention)
The issues I have with the Catholic Church are
1. Mary was not devine. She did not remain a virgin and should not be worshipped or prayed to.
HSJ and FlyersFan,
To add to FlyersFan, a quote from the Catechism about Mary. These few paragraphs are so beautiful
. I had never read them until yesterday.
There's a link, read the Catechism in a Year. You read a few paragraphs
at a time every day. They include if you click on a link within, the related Scripture references in the Catechism.
If someone would like to read the Catechism this way: www.flocknote.com...
HSJ, at the end of your question are the two words..."prayed to", this term is misunderstood by non-Catholics.
I ask you to PRAY TO God for me. Catholics ask Mary to PRAY TO God for them. Same thing but think of Mary's influence. You can ask her
intercession to God too, she is everyone's mother. Speak to her in prayer.
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IV. THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME
"Rejoice, you who are full of grace"
721 Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. For the
first time in the plan of salvation and because his Spirit had prepared her, the Father found the dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could
dwell among men. In this sense the Church's Tradition has often read the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary. Mary is acclaimed and
represented in the liturgy as the "Seat of Wisdom."
In her, the "wonders of God" that the Spirit was to fulfill in Christ and the Church began to be manifested:
722 The Holy Spirit prepared Mary by his grace. It was fitting that the mother of him in whom "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily" should
herself be "full of grace." She was, by sheer grace, conceived without sin as the most humble of creatures, the most capable of welcoming the
inexpressible gift of the Almighty. It was quite correct for the angel Gabriel to greet her as the "Daughter of Zion": "Rejoice." It is the
thanksgiving of the whole People of God, and thus of the Church, which Mary in her canticle lifts up to the Father in the Holy Spirit while carrying
within her the eternal Son.
723 In Mary, the Holy Spirit fulfills the plan of the Father's loving goodness. Through the Holy Spirit, the Virgin conceives and gives birth to
the Son of God. By the Holy Spirit's power and her faith, her virginity became uniquely fruitful.
724 In Mary, the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father, now become the Son of the Virgin. She is the burning bush of the definitive
theophany. Filled with the Holy Spirit she makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh. It is to the poor and the first representatives of the
gentiles that she makes him known.
725 Finally, through Mary, the Holy Spirit begins to bring men, the objects of God's merciful love, into communion with Christ. And the humble
are always the first to accept him: shepherds, magi, Simeon and Anna, the bride and groom at Cana, and the first disciples.
726 At the end of this mission of the Spirit, Mary became the Woman, the new Eve ("mother of the living"), the mother of the "whole Christ."
As such, she was present with the Twelve, who "with one accord devoted themselves to prayer," at the dawn of the "end time" which the Spirit was
to inaugurate on the morning of Pentecost with the manifestation of the Church.