Thursday, December 31, 2015

Mary, the Mother of God

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Don't forget January 1st is a holy day of obligation. But the Bear bets you didn't need the reminder.

We don't give it much thought, but "Mary, Mother of God" was a matter of controversy. The followers of a Bishop of Constantinople named Nestorius called Mary the "Mother of Christ." To call a creature, however sublime, "The Mother of God," was just too mind-blowing for them.

But the Council of Ephesus understood the Christological significance of Mary as "Theotokos," or Mother of God. So, in a simple, lovely way, this Marian Solemnity points to the truth of Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man. As they say, Mary did not give birth to a nature, she gave birth to one divine person.


  1. May Our Beautiful Lady keep the Bear close in 2016.

  2. I noticed last night how our priest talked about the "Motherhood" of Mary. Never "Mother of God." Yes, Theotokos was/is very radical and difficult to absorb.

    1. Good example of how Catholics are not instructed in the faith.

    2. Yes. It is a very clever technique of saying something that is true, but not saying the full truth. The priest will leave out half the picture, thus, misrepresenting what the Church teaches.

      EG, the priest gave a good homily on the Real Presence amazingly enough, over the summer. But he did not connect it to worthy reception of Our Lord. He has never connected confession with communion, much to my chagrin.

      I just received a Fr Lovasik book I orders, "What Catholics Believe." I need to fit my PSR lessons the rest of this year around this book. It is basically a 90 page catechism. It has interesting illustrations. It is a small paperback. Could fit in a man's back pocket, briefcase, or a woman's handbag.

  3. This is exactly what our priest talked about in a more extended homily - a good one! Also, I love the Holy Card you show here.

  4. We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.”
    Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, #94


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