This is a study on the and historical identity of Mary, the mother of Jesus. First we will look at what the Catholic catechism says. The Catechism is the universal doctrine held by all Roman Catholics, the statements contained there in are decided by and established by Popes as absolute, and theological truths. I also looked in to the accounts of approved apparitions of Mary to see what they reveal about Mary, I did this because Catholics hold that they are true and trustworthy representations of Mary. And thirdly I we will examine what the Word of God, the ultimate authority says and reveals to us about Mary.
The identity of Mary as proposed by the Roman Catholic Church has become increasingly disturbing as of late so I decided to undertake a study on who she really is. My true concern is for those Catholics who pray to or through Mary and see her as a spiritual guide in their relationship to Jesus.
As I studied the Catholic beliefs of Mary I tried to have an open mind on behalf of my many devout Catholic friends who openly accept that Mary has and can visit via “apparitions” and that she should have a major part in the daily prayers of a follower of Christ. So like I said I opened my mind but what I found in my research was continually disturbing, the things that “Mary” said and instructed were continually anti or extra Biblical. Also the many ways in which she is recorded appearing and shining, it is all very strange. But don’t take my word for it after all, what is man’s opinion compared to God’s Word right?
Who do Catholic’s say Mary is?
“With her yes, Mary opened the door of our world to God Himself; she became the living ark of the covenant in whom God took flesh, became one of us and pitched His tent among us”
(“Saved by Hope,” by Pope Benedict XVI #49).
“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
(Miraculous Medal Prayer)
She is titled “…the mighty Mother of God “new Eve ”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church (971)&(975))
“The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection. ”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church (974))
“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, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin”
Pope Pius IX, December 8, 1854