As we have seen, the Fathers of the Church searched deep into the Old Testament for any hint of a foretelling of Our Lady. And wherever they encountered Mary, she was always in relation to Jesus Christ, her Son. The truths about Mary ultimately affect the truths about Christ. This was always at the front of the Fathers minds. They battled against heresies for love of Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother, and the Church which Christ established. In defense of the Blessed Mother, they found contained within the Hebrew Scriptures passages that defended her virgin birth and perpetual virginity, her true motherhood of Christ, her purity and beauty, and also her Queenship. It is because of the Fathers and their tireless defense of Mary and the rest of the faith, that we are now able to enjoy such rich doctrines and beautiful devotions and liturgies concerning Our Blessed Mother.
posted on 12/08/2009 5:13:11 PM PST
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Along with typology, the Church Fathers also employed what is known as recirculation. The basic idea of recirculation is that as the world was condemned by the participation of a man (Adam), a woman (Eve), and a tree (of the knowledge of good and evil); it would also be redeemed by the participation of a man (Christ the New Adam), a woman (Mary the New Eve), and a tree (the Cross). Genesis 3:15 provides the basis for this concept, when God says to the serpent, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel" (12). The Church Fathers unanimously saw the "woman" prophesied of here as none other than the Blessed Virgin Mary who gave birth to Christ, the conqueror of both Satan and death.
posted on 12/08/2009 5:16:35 PM PST
((The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi)))
I found the article interesting, if a bit overly credulous, until I got here:
“Marys fiat wasnt just a “yes” to the Annunciation, but rather also a “yes” to the death of her Son on the Cross, where Mary would also be crucified spiritually and a sword would pierce her heart as well. The Church Fathers, in seeing Mary as the “woman” of Genesis 3:15, unearth the seed for the doctrine of Mary as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix of All Graces. Co-redemptrix because she actively participates in the crushing of Satans head, and Mediatrix of All Graces because she mediated Christ into the world, who is the source of all grace.”
That nonsense caused me to lose any interest in the rest of the article. No wonder the Protestants think the Latins equate the Most Holy Theotokos with God!
posted on 12/08/2009 5:58:41 PM PST
(Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
As John Henry Newman said, "to be deep in history, is to cease to be Protestant."
I think you just broke the Caucus.
The Church Fathers, in seeing Mary as the "woman" of Genesis 3:15, unearth the seed for the doctrine of Mary as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix of All Graces. Co-redemptrix because she actively participates in the crushing of Satans head, and Mediatrix of All Graces because she mediated Christ into the world, who is the source of all grace.
Are You Afraid of Mary Co-redemptrix?
posted on 12/09/2009 6:09:04 AM PST
by Alex Murphy
("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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