Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Redemptoris Mater

I am trying to do a little more encyclical reading and at the moment I am on John Paul II's Redemptoris Mater. I read this today and enjoyed its simple beauty - I wanted to share:

When we read that the messenger addresses Mary as "full of grace," the Gospel context, which mingles revelations and ancient promises, enables us to understand that among all the "spiritual blessings in Christ" this is a special "blessing." In the mystery of Christ she is present even "before the creation of the world," as the one whom the Father "has chosen" as Mother of his Son in the Incarnation. And, what is more, together with the Father, the Son has chosen her, entrusting her eternally to the Spirit of holiness. In an entirely special and exceptional way Mary is united to Christ, and similarly she is eternally loved in this "beloved Son," this Son who is of one being with the Father, in whom is concentrated all the "glory of grace." At the same time, she is and remains perfectly open to this "gift from above" (cf. Jas. 1:17). As the Council teaches, Mary "stands out among the poor and humble of the Lord, who confidently await and receive salvation from him."

From Redemptoris Mater (1987)


Andrea said...

HUMBLE...that is the way I like to think of Mary!
Great post!
Blessings and prayers, andrea

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Joyful Days said...

That is wonderfully said. How lovely it would be to have that sweet humility Mary teaches us.

SQUELLY said...

Dear John Paul just seemed to have such a wonderful appreciation and understanding of Mary.


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