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Mary, Our Blessed Mother
Confirmation Mini Reflection on Mary
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Mary, our Blessed Mother
During the first several hundred years of the Church's history, Church leaders debated how best to describe Mary's role. Some argued that Mary could not be given the title Mother of God because, among other reasons, a human could not possibly generate a divine being. However, others argued that if Jesus was truly human and divine, the Mary should rightly be called Mother of God, because she carried him in her womb and gave birth to him. A Church council held in the fifth century officially affirmed that Mary is truly "Mother of God." The council's statement about Mary was also a reaffirmation of Jesus’ identity as both God and man.
Catholics have always honored Mary as being especially favored by God. One way they do this is by celebrating special holy days each year: the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, 1 January; the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August; and the Immaculate Conception, 8 December. Catholics also pray special prayers and devotions that recognize Mary's place of honor, such as the Hail Mary, the Hail Holy Queen, the Memorare, the rosary, and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In addition, shrines have been established as locations such as Lourdes, Fatima, and Guadalupe--places where Mary is believed by some to have appeared to individuals.
Some people believe that Catholics "worship" Mary as if she were a god. However, that is a false understanding of the high esteem in which Catholics hold Mary. Catholics recognize in Mary not a god or goddess, but a human being who stands as the greatest model of what we strive to become--persons with total faith in the promises of God. In that sense, she is the model for all who claim to be disciples of Jesus.
When we think of the birth and early years of Jesus, we cannot help but think as well of the central role of his mother, Mary, in the plan of God. In Luke's Gospel, after Mary learns that she will be the mother of God, she gives a powerful testimony of her faith that we have come to know as the Magnificat. The prayer consists mainly of verses taken from the Psalms and the Prophets, and it stands as a prayer of great hope for all people, especially the poor people.
Mary, Did You Know?
Greetings to you all. On December the 8th, once again we have the opportunity to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception with its rich tradition within our Catholic Church. Mary is not only the Mother of Jesus & the Mother of God, she is also “our Mother too.” In Jewish tradition, when an only son died before his Mother, he was to give over the care of his mother to a close relative or close friend, At His crucifixion, He told His beloved apostle, St. John, “behold your Mother,” and to His Mother, “behold your son.” As Catholics we also believe that Jesus was telling us today those same words: “behold your Mother.” What do you think? Have you thought of Mary as your Mother? Why or why not? Please discuss this with your parents & your sponsors. What do they think? Get back to us and let us know what you get out of your discussions and let us know what you think about this topic of Mary as our Mother too.
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