Truths about Mary
Our Blessed Mother, Mary, is our spiritual Mother in the order of grace, the beloved associate of Jesus in the ongoing process of redemption. On this page we provide, each week, wonderful truths about her to reveal to our visitors her precise relation to God and to the mystical body of Christ, His Church.
(Please note, as an aside, Catholics do not worship Mary, we simply esteem her as the greatest disciple. We view her the way our society views an Olympic champion -- with great respect. Hence we give her hyperdulia, the greatest esteem or veneration one can give to a human being. Despite what you may have heard from anti-Catholics who do not possess accurate theological understanding or training, we do not give her "latria" or adoration. That alone belongs to God: the Holy Trinity -- Father, Son--Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit).
Mary's Role in the Process of Redemption
"To understand Mary's role in heaven one must first understand her role in the ongoing process of redemption. Mary is the "New Eve" described in the protoevangelium (Genesis 3:15), the one through whom the Lord would act to crush Satan's head and redeem humanity. In the process of redemption, Mary acts as an associate to Christ Jesus. She is, as the great dogmatic theologian Mathias Scheeben noted, 'another and second principle of redemption.'1 She is a "second principle" because she was redeemed by Jesus and can assist in the redemption process only in the capacity of one who has been saved and who depends upon the power of another (her Son). In short, the grace of Mary's Motherhood summons her to act supernaturally, yet her activity is completely dependent upon her Son. She acts as a partner to her Son in the redemption process.2
- Michael Ruggiero, M.A.
Ruggiero, Michael. Matthias Scheeben's Vision of Mary. NY:CES Publications, 2007.
1-2 Mariology Vol. 2., p. 190193-96. Herder and Herder: NY