Week 9 - Mary (p.136-143)

According to the Creed, Christ was "conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary."

The Church declared the "Immaculated Conception" in 1854, teaching that Mary was born without sin. This has stirred much controversy, but notice how the Catechism puts the matter:

"What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illuminates in turn its faith in Christ" (p. 136).
Furthermore, Mary is declared perfect
"by a singular grace and privileg of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ"(p.138).
What do these verses from Genesis Chapter 3 have to do with Mary?
"The LORD God said to the serpent...
I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel."
If you're feeling particularly ambitious, here is an entire article on the subject. Also, here is an excellent overview of Catholic teaching regarding Mary.

The ancient icon called the "Hodegetria" means "She who shows the way," underscoring Mary's role of pointing us to Christ.

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