Saturday, 26 January 2013

Our Lady

 Our Lady, the Mother of the Almighty, has been a very important and helpful person to us here on earth, but people are confused with a few important details. Do you worship Mary? Is she without original sin? Let me then try my best to explain these questions concerning Our Lady.

  Firstly, Catholics don't worship Our Lady, rather we venerate her and pray to her as our intercessor. If Jesus had a mother, she must have some kind of significance as well, simply because she brought Him into this world. She is also a loving mother who will always love and protect us. For example, when you want to ask your father something, but you're not sure what he'll say, or how to word what you're saying, you can go to your mother, and ask her to ask Dad for you. So it is with Our Lady as well. Take also for example the wedding feast at Cana. Our Lady was the one who told Jesus to make wine, and since she was His loving mother, He obeyed. And so you see how beneficial it is to have a devotion to Mary, so that through her, we may worship God more easily.

  Secondly, who was she? Well in definition, Catholics believe that Our Lady was conceived without original sin. She conceived Our Lord through the Holy Ghost and stayed a virgin all throughout her life. Now, one may ask, how can you prove this? Well, like any history, we cannot go back in time to ask the people if this really happened, but perhaps a few points could prove this definition to be true. It is very possible that she never had original sin, simply because the Son of God would want a perfect and pure mother to be His vessel. It is also possible for God to make someone without original sin, because he did it with Adam and Eve, but they chose to stain their perfect souls, though Our Lady did not. As for her conception by the Holy Ghost and staying a virgin all throughout her life, we shall see is very logical to believe. If Jesus was in fact the Son of God, He would need to be conceived by God. We can see this event at the Incarnation. 

Thirdly, she did stay a virgin because the pains of childbirth came along with the punishment due to original sin, and since she didn't have it, Our Lord came into this world like glass through light, as the Catechism of the Council of Trent says:

"Besides, what is admirable beyond the power of thoughts or words to express, He is born of His Mother without any diminution of her maternal virginity, just as He afterwards went forth from the sepulchre while it was closed and sealed, and entered the room in which His disciples were assembled, the doors being shut; or, not to depart from every-day examples, just as the rays of the sun penetrate without breaking or injuring in the least the solid substance of glass, so after a like but more exalted manner did Jesus Christ come forth from His mother's womb without injury to her maternal virginity. This immaculate and perpetual virginity forms, therefore, the just theme of our eulogy. Such was the work of the Holy Ghost, who at the Conception and birth of the Son so favoured the Virgin Mother as to impart to her fecundity while preserving inviolate her perpetual virginity…."

   Finally, why not venerate Our Lady as your own mother? She was right beside Our Lord when He suffered His Passion, and has appeared to the world many times to help us with our salvation. She has given us her whole life, so let us then look up to her as a model, so that we may become more perfect in the eyes of God.

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