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This article gives a brief overview of the necessary relation between Mary’s Immaculate Conception and her role as the New Ark—Bearer of the Bread of Life, the True High Priest, and the Word of God. Jason Evert, a Catholic Apologist with Catholic Answers, holds a Graduate degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He specializes in the Catholic Church’s teaching on chastity, giving seminars and talks to thousands of young people each year. – Assistant Editor

From the foundation of the world, St. Paul tells us, we have been chosen to become children of God (Eph. 1:4-5). By the same measure, the Virgin Mary had been chosen from all eternity to become the mother of God. As Psalm 132:14 says, “The Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath chosen her for his dwelling.”

While other verses, such as Genesis 3:15 and Luke 1:28, are commonly used to explain the Immaculate Conception, the Sacred Scriptures offer a wealth of other references that add weight to the dogma.

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When Our Lady revealed to Sr. Lucia the five greatest offenses against her Immaculate Heart, I have to believe she was being a typical mother to us by not drawing attention to the countless other sufferings she endures. Even within each of the five offenses are hundreds of distinct ways in which the world turns their hearts and minds from her.

In order to make some reparation for these little swords, and in honor of her Immaculate Heart, I thought it only appropriate to reply to an argument against her sinless nature:

If Mary was without sin, why did she make a sin offering at the temple in Luke 2:22-24? (1)

Mary made a sin offering at the temple because she, like Christ, was born under the law (Gal 4:4). In his Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas Aquinas explained that Christ submitted to the burdens of the law, like circumcision, even though he had no need of it. By doing so, he gave an example of humility and obedience, while approving the law and avoiding undue criticism, as he did elsewhere (Mt 17:27). Aquinas adds that these were […]

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Following Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima, she revealed to Sister Lucia five offenses that most wound her Immaculate Heart. Although reparation for these can only be made with acts of love from our hearts, Catholics should be able to intellectually defend her honor as well.

Each of the offenses against Mary wound her heart not because her reputation is questioned, but because God’s work in her is doubted. One such offense is the claim that she was not a life-long virgin. Not only does this imply a rejection of the miraculous virgin birth, it is also an offense to the Holy Spirit and a dishonor to Joseph, her “most chaste spouse.” […]

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Venerating Images of Mary

Published on October 16, 2004 by in Marian Apologetics

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“The devotion one has to God’s saints does not terminate in them, but reaches to God through his saints. To honor the excellence of a saint is also to honor the object of their love. We honor them because they excelled in love of God. Thus, ‘to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary is to glorify God’ is a proper expression of truth.”

These words of the Angelic Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, sum up perfectly the reason why Catholics through all centuries have honored Our Lady. Unfortunately, statues and other images of Mary are often condemned and neglected under the guise of religion, or desecrated in the name of “art.” Mary revealed to Sister Lucia that such irreverence deeply wounds her Immaculate Heart. […]

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