Q) Patrick, How does Mary Make us more Christian?
A greater love for Mary is the natural result of becoming more Christian. Are men not better husbands when they come to love what their bride loves? Do people not love others more when they view them through the eyes of those who already love them? Is Jesus not our Brother, and would Mary not be our mother? Are we not better brothers when we love our mother together? Does obedience not encourage understanding, and are we not commanded to honor our mother? Do God’s people of every generation not call her blessed? Marian piety is a part of Christianity—she is not a barrier, a burden, or an aspect to weigh against our journey; she magnifies the Lord (Luke 1:46) and is a sign we are on the right path.
Mary allows us to see Jesus as God chose Him to be seen. God chose Mary to give Jesus flesh, and Mary’s perfect faith and cooperation is what made her become the deliverer of the Deliverer! She was the first Christian, she loved Him before any person, she saw the face of our Lord more perfectly than any of us, she gazed into His eyes while she nursed Him, loved Him perfectly, and we Catholics want to love Him perfectly as well.
And with Jesus as our Brother, we have the same mother who nurses us as we too gaze back into her eyes. We do this as St. John had: by taking her into our home. And it is St. John, the disciple to whom Jesus gave His mother, who spent the most time with her, who probably loved her most, and was ultimately able to see her enthroned as Queen of Heaven. We see her crowned in heaven, and a crown is the prize; she is the sign written in Revelation and in the stars that keeps us fixed on our journey. She helps us see Jesus as God wants us to see Him.
I often answer questions for Catholics, too!
Which Bible Version Does the Protestant Church of Christ Use?
How Do Catholics View Mary in Light of Mark 3:20,21—in How Jesus’ Family Thought He Had Lost His Mind?
These last two questions were from a Catholic who was in dialogue with Protestant Church of Christ Christians who had targeted him for conversion. These sorts of questions are more fun for me because I get the opportunity to illustrate how biblical textual criticism and theology questions overlap, and also demonstrate the importance of recognizing how agendas and beliefs effect one another. As a Bible ninja, I tried to answer both questions simultaneously. Continue reading
Protestant Church of Christ-ers,
I explained in my last essay about Marriage and sex how Luther infects Protestant Church of Christ theology in regards to its confusion about Marriage, but even though Luther undeniably had a love for Mary, his lingering influence and theology of utter depravity overpowers your group’s view of her. Luther’s “snow-covered dung heap”—his understanding of a wretched human nature and its never-achievable goal of holiness—has formed your group’s understanding of, as many of you describe her, simply a good woman. Continue reading
Over the next few weeks I will post several essays/answers about Mary! And then after that, I will have a HUGE announcement! Thanks to all of you (both!) who help me with Patreon, and thanks for all of you who have helped this apostolate in other ways over the years as well. (I know who you are!)
If you’re in any way familiar with how the Protestant world treats the ancient Faith, then you’re most likely amused every time a Protestant accuses Catholics of following TRADITIONS OF MEN. This is your chance to turn their nonsense on themselves!
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Many Fundamentalists enjoy two of Christianity’s seven sacraments of grace: Baptism and Matrimony. Those who are baptized are part of the Christian Church, though not in full communion with her; and Catholicism affectionately recognizes their status as brothers and sisters in Christ. Their Marriages are real, too; legitimate priests are not needed to officiate their unions because it is the groom and bride who officiate the sacrament, but a valid Marriage is performed before a minister.
This post, though, is not intended to work as a celebration for the many wonderful commonalities between Catholicism and Fundamentalism; it has been a response to indicative Fundamentalist attacks on Catholic Marriage, and it is intended to provide both Catholics and Protestants a better understanding of the Church’s biblical understanding of Marriage and sex. But to better understand Fundamentalism’s approach to the subject, I believe a final note about an undergirding Protestant assumption helps establish where Fundamentalism is, so to speak, coming from. Continue reading
There is one last popular attack that Rudd, to his credit, did not repeat in his essay: Fundamentalism’s allegation that “annulment is divorce.” I suspect Rudd knows his own sect is actually quite diverse on issues of divorce, and any accusation towards the Catholic Church brings attention to his own sect’s quiet acceptance of divorce and multiple “marriages”. However, there are many voices within his sect that indicatively represent the common Fundamentalist charge. Continue reading