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Nancy D.

Who is Christ? Christ is the only Son of God, The Word of God Made Flesh Who Has revealed Himself to His Church in the trinitarian relationship of Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and The Teaching of The Magisterium.

What divides Christians is lack of fidelity to The Word of Love, which has resulted in the hardening of many hearts of those who no longer abide in His Word. There is only ONE Word of Love, Who revealed to us through His Life, His Passion, and His Death on The Cross, that Perfect Love is desiring Salvation for one's beloved.

"Love one another as I Have Loved you." - Christ, The Truth of Love

Marlene Cross

Love is swallowed by hate for love is food for the soul. The longing of love's taste, to experience it, causes anger to rise because hate cannot accept what it longs to be, the opposite of what it is.

Dylan

What divides THIS Christian is the Latin worship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose sinless life is in direct conflict with much scripture. Honor her, sure. Praise her, most definitely. Declare her to be a perfect human through revelation hundreds of years after her life? Sorry, no. I don't understand.

I cannot be accepted into the church (I want to be and have gone through RCIA up to the point of the 19th century Dogma of the sinlessness of Mary) because I cannot honestly say that I believe the Blessed Virgin Mary was sinless throughout her life. How can such a dogma, totally unnecessary for the receiving of Christ's salvation, keep me out of the Church?

If Jesus is the way the truth and the light why would the non-scriptural complete sinless nature of his mother's life keep me from receiving the Eucharist? If Mary was without sin, why in Luke does she proclaim "Behold, my savior!" upon Jesus? How can I just ignore that clear declaration of a need for atonement through Christ; and declare her sinless?

Carl E. Olson

the Latin worship

Dylan: The belief in the perfection (by God's grace) of the Blessed Virgin Mary is just as ardently held by Eastern Catholics and Orthodox, as a study of their history, beliefs, and liturgy demonstrates.

If Mary was without sin, why in Luke does she proclaim "Behold, my savior!" upon Jesus?

Yes, that's right; Mary stated: "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..." And that is one reason that Pope Pius IX stated: "The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin". You have confused the "Who" with the "how". Mary was saved by God, but at the moment of her conception, not at the moment of baptism.

The Catechism further notes:

The "splendour of an entirely unique holiness" by which Mary is "enriched from the first instant of her conception" comes wholly from Christ: she is "redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son". The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person "in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places" and chose her "in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love".

The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God "the All-Holy" (Panagia), and celebrate her as "free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature". By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.

(pars. 492-93)

How can I just ignore that clear declaration of a need for atonement through Christ; and declare her sinless?

One suggestion: By very carefully studying what the Catholic and Orthodox Churches teach about Mary's sinlessness. If you have further questions, let me know (carl [at] ignatius.com)

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