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To: NYer

Great story, and fascinating account of the Divine preservation of the place.

People DO, however, very much need to get one critical point clearly fixed in mind: the power exerted to work this miraculous deliverance was NOT Mary’s power, for she has none of her own. What power was made manifest was SOLELY the power of God, Himself, and it is HE — not her — who needs to be the object of glorification and praise for preserving this place on behalf of the Blessed Virgin.

Our God is throughout Scripture described as jealous for the glory due His Name, and it is a firmly established point of Christian orthodoxy that God wills to share that glory with NOBODY, and with NOTHING, for ONLY He is worthy of it. So, we would do well to consider the wretched end of Herod, who usurped glory that was due God alone, and was immediately struck down dead and consumed by worms. The horror of that demise ought to be front-and-center in the mind of everyone whenever glory is due the Holy One, for He will not overlook non-payment of that debt, nor will He overlook payment of that debt to another.

Yes, be thankful for the preservation of the good Fr.’s work on the mountain, but do not dare to praise Mary. No, praise God, Himself, for He alone has done it by His own hand. In this way, Mary is actually even more honored, because since the miraculous preservation of the shrine was accomplished by the power of God Himself, it evidences Him expressing His own Divine honor for her. And that is a higher honor than all of us together can bestow.

So it is fine for us to honor Mary, but we should let her be glorified by God alone, as HE so desires. And let us reserve the giving of glory for God only, as the Scriptures prescribe, that we not provoke His jealousy.


9 posted on 04/08/2008 12:44:12 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Only The Tribulation is a crucible sufficient to the emergence of a Bride pure enough for He Who IS.)
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To: HKMk23; Always Right

An excellent point and thank you for making it.


10 posted on 04/08/2008 5:08:19 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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