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  • LOC Catechism September 7, 2013 Friday, September 6, 13
  • Song and Prayer: Holy Spirit Come Holy Spirit come Make my ears to hear Make my eyes to see Make my mouth to speak Make my heart to seek And my hands to reach out And touch the world withYour love Friday, September 6, 13
  • Recap: Characteristics of Our Catholic Faith Friday, September 6, 13
  • • Total and Absolute - Faith in human knowledge (limited, sometimes faulty); Faith in God is absolute because God is limitless, all powerful, eternal. • Trinitarian - We believe in one God but there are 3 persons in our God. (Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier) • Loving and Missionary - Our faith is to love because God is love.The full happiness of a person is in loving God and therefore loving God means wanting others to love Him, too, bec we know that only in God will people find true and complete joy. • Informed and Communitarian - We need to know what we believe. Holy Spirit is in our Church. Friday, September 6, 13
  • • True But Cannot be Known Completely - We know it to be true by faith and reason. Science is limited to what humans have discovered or can understand. Science is not absolute but God is. • Free, But We Must Follow - We have free will to choose God or not but our choices have consequences or eternal happiness or eternal death. • An Act But Also a Process - A conversion and a decision to follow God but we must realize it is a continuous process of growth. • A Gift, Yet Our Doing - Faith is a gift but we must seek this gift. • Personal But Ecclesial - We worship on our own but we are also part of a whole, the Body of Christ. Friday, September 6, 13
  • Mary, Our Model of Faith Friday, September 6, 13
  • • Our Example of the Perfect Christian - Through her “Yes” at the Annunciation, Mary became the model of faith (CCC 148) • In the Gospel accdg to St. Luke: St. Luke compared Mary’s complete acceptance and belief of the angel’s message that she would bear God’s child against Zachary’s unbelief that his wife Elizabeth would bear a child in her old age. • Accdg to JPII, Mary’s unquestioning belief is the key that unlocks the truth about Mary being “full of grace” • Perfect example of: Full submission of intellect and will • Perfect example of: Obedience that comes from faith Friday, September 6, 13
  • • Our Example of the Perfect Christian - Through her “Yes” at the Annunciation, Mary became the model of faith (CCC 148) • In the Gospel accdg to St. Luke: St. Luke compared Mary’s complete acceptance and belief of the angel’s message that she would bear God’s child against Zachary’s unbelief that his wife Elizabeth would bear a child in her old age. • Accdg to JPII, Mary’s unquestioning belief is the key that unlocks the truth about Mary being “full of grace” • Perfect example of: Full submission of intellect and will and Obedience that comes from faith -- Mary fully cooperated with God’s grace which helps our hearts understand even when our minds cannot yet comprehend; Being completely open to the HS, HS brought her faith to completion by His gifts. Friday, September 6, 13
  • • Our Example of the Perfect Christian - Through her “Yes” at the Annunciation, Mary became the model of faith (CCC 148) • In the Gospel accdg to St. Luke: St. Luke compared Mary’s complete acceptance and belief of the angel’s message that she would bear God’s child against Zachary’s unbelief that his wife Elizabeth would bear a child in her old age. • Accdg to JPII, Mary’s unquestioning belief is the key that unlocks the truth about Mary being “full of grace” • Perfect example of: Full submission of intellect and will and Obedience that comes from faith -- Mary fully cooperated with God’s grace which helps our hearts understand even when our minds cannot yet comprehend; Being completely open to the HS, HS brought her faith to completion by His gifts. Friday, September 6, 13
  • TheVirtues of Mary Friday, September 6, 13
  • Profound Humility • Humility is grounded in truth. Mary is truly humble. She knew God gave her more graces that any other person and she acknowledged it humbly. • Because of her deep humility, she knew exactly who she was before God, saw herself as nothing compared to the infinite greatness and goodness of God. (vs. Man’s pride in thinking he has outgrown God, or is capable of living without God.) • There is such a thing as false humility which does not acknowledge the graces one receives from God. Friday, September 6, 13
  • Love for God • Saint Albert says that "where we find the greatest chastity, there we find also the greatest charity." • The more pure a heart is and the more empty of self, the more it is filled with love for God. • Because Mary was thoroughly humble and thoroughly unselfish, she was filled with divine love. "Her love for God surpassed that of all men and angels," writes Saint Bernardine. Saint Francis de Sales beautifully calls her "the queen of love." Friday, September 6, 13
  • Love for God, contd • Divine love burned so ardently in her that no defect of any kind could come close to her." • Saint Bernard says: "Divine love penetrated and filled the soul of Mary to such an extent that no part of her was left untouched. She loved with her whole heart, with her whole soul, with her whole strength, and she was full of grace." • St.Alphonsus: God, who is love, came to earth to kindle the flame of his divine love in the hearts of all people. But in no heart did he kindle so much love as in the heart of his mother. Her heart was entirely free from all earthly loves and fully prepared to burn with this precious flame. Friday, September 6, 13
  • Love of God and Neighbor • Love of God and love of neighbor are commanded by God in the same law: Love God above all with all your heart and all your strength, and others as yourself.We love others because we loved God first. • Mary aided her cousin Elizabeth, travelling far, even if she herself was pregnant. • Mary’s ardent love for others, as seen in the Wedding at Cana (“They have no wine.” Jn 2:3) Mary asked Jesus to perform a miracle even if it meant the beginning of His passion and Hers. • Best example: She offered her Son for our salvation. Friday, September 6, 13
  • Lively Faith • Eve’s unfaithfulness which brought death upon mankind, was remedied by Mary’s faithfulness which brought salvation to Mankind. (St. Irenaeus) • Tertullian confirms this by saying that because Eve believed the serpent against the warning she had received from God, she brought death into the world; but because Mary believed the angel at the Annunciation she brought salvation into the world. • Saint Augustine says: "It was Mary's faith that opened heaven to men when she agreed to cooperate in the Incarnation of the Eternal Word." Friday, September 6, 13
  • Unswerving Hope • Hope is born of faith. God enlightens us by faith to know his goodness and the promises he has made. • Hope is confidence in God in everything. Mary never complained about anything, always trusting int he providence of God. • Our highest hope is to desire to possess God - Heaven, Christian perfection, union with God • Mary had the virtue of faith in the highest degree, and she also had the virtue of hope in the same high degree. • St.Alphonsus: Mary never relied either on others or on her own merits but only on divine grace in which she had the fullest confidence, she continually advanced in the love of God. Friday, September 6, 13
  • Chastity or Purity • After the fall of Adam, man's senses became rebellious to reason.As a consequence, chastity is the most difficult of all the virtues to practice. - St.Alphonsus • In Mary God gave us a shining example of this virtue. "Mary is with good reason called theVirgin of virgins," says Saint Albert the Great. "Without the advice or example of others, she was the first to consecrate her virginity to God." • Chastity or Purity also pertains to purity of heart, a heart without malice, a heart that always hopes for the best interests of others, who rejoices in the good of others. A pure heart never plots the downfall of others, never rejoices in the misfortune of others. Mary’s heart is immaculately clean and unstained by sin. Friday, September 6, 13
  • Poverty of Spirit • Total dependence on God’s providence; Detachment from the World. • Jesus chose to be poor on earth, so that we could learn from him to despise worldly things. St. Paul:“Being rich he became poor for your sake, that through his poverty you might be rich (2 Cor 8:9). Jesus exhorts each one who wishes to be his disciple: If thou will be perfect, go sell what you have, and give to the poor...and come, follow me (Mt 19:21). • Mary imitated her Son’s example perfectly. Even if she could have lived more comfortably on what her parents left her, she chose to marry a poor carpenter. Mary also donated all she had to the Temple and many authors believe that she took a vow of poverty. (St.Alphonsus) Friday, September 6, 13
  • Blind Obedience to God • Mary’s will was totally conformed to the will of God that she called herself merely a servant:“Behold the handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1:38;Angelus). • Presentation at the Temple: Mary and Joseph offered a sacrifice, in accordance with the Law: "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons" (Luke 2:24), to redeem the Son of God,Who needed no redemption. "The Law is made for man, not man for the Law," Christ Himself would later say, yet here is the Holy Family fulfilling the Law even though it does not apply to them. • Mary showed humility in her obedience to the laws of God. Friday, September 6, 13
  • Patience • Mary suffered patiently during the flight to Egypt, when she had to flee without bringing to a life that was uncertain. • She was a loving mother who despite their poor circumstances put all her love into making a comfortable home for Jesus and her husband, Joseph. • She is the best example of how a mother and a woman should be. • The best example of Mary’s patience was suffering quietly, following the example of her Son, through Jesus’ passion and death. She experienced many sorrows but she was with Jesus up to the end. Mary’s heart was crucified along with her Son on the cross. • After the death of Jesus, Mary lived in a home in Ephesus in the midst of Christian persecution, yet another example of her patience. Friday, September 6, 13
  • Mental Prayer • Jesus taught that we must always pray, and not lose heart (Lk 18:1). Saint Albert the Great asserts that, after Jesus Christ, our Blessed Lady excelled beyond all souls in her spirit of prayer which was unending and persevering. From the time she gained reason, she began to pray. • Mama Mary appeared to St. Elizabeth of Hungary and told her that she lived in the Temple from when she was just three years old. In addition to the other hours set aside for prayer she always rose at midnight and went before the altar to offer her petitions to God. • Later in life, she frequently visited the places of Our Lord's nativity, passion, and burial, to meditate on the sufferings of her Son. • Mary loved to be alone with God in prayer. Saint Bernard claims that it was Mary's love of prayer and solitude that prompted her " to avoid the society of men and useless conversation with them." Friday, September 6, 13