What have you been taught about Mariology? Have you taken a theology course on Mary? Where can you find current Church teaching on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary?
1974 Feb 02 Pope Paul Vi, Marialis Cultus, Apostolic Exhortation for the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Text available in English at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Paul06/p6marial.htm
Guidelines for devotion to the Blessed Virgin (Marian devotions should be TRINITARIAN and CHRISTOLOGICAL in focus and must follow guidelines from SCRIPTURE, LITURGY, ECUMENISM, AND ANTHROPOLOGY. General Principle regarding Veneration of Saints: "Victorious grace of the one Redeemer and Mediator, Jesus Christ, has taken VISIBLE, EFFECTIVE, FORM in one of church's members." (A. Adam)
Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater, Encyclical Letter, March 25, 1987
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, December 2001. (Available on line at the Vatican Web Site at http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccdds/documents/rc_con_ccdds_doc_20020513_vers-direttorio_en.html See especially Chapter V: VENERATION OF THE BLESSED MOTHER OF OUR LORD (183-207)
2002 Oct 16 John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Apostolic Letter on the Most Holy Rosary, can be found at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae_en.html
See Chapter m29 Vatican II
1. In English, the Latin word "cultus" should be translated "veneration" rather than "cult".
2. "There is a significant formal difference between Christology and Mariology [Pannenberg] suggested. This difference lies in the fact that Christology is the explication of the meaning of a historical event, namely, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, while Mariology, possessing no such historical basis, is the personification in symbolic fashion of the characteristics of the new humankind of faith. In other words, because so very few historically attested events surround the figure of Mary, her persona is more open to being shaped by diverse projections regarding the virtues and values of the ideal believer." (Truly Our Sister, p 96)
3. Mary As Archetypal Image : (
:If Jesus is the archetype of what the divine gift is, and how the gift is given, Mary is the archetype of how the divine gift is received. They are what we call "corporate personalities" for the whole, or Alpha and Omega figures as the book of Revelation might put it. The amazing thing is the Scripture says nothing especially positive about Mary. No credit rating is stated; it doesn't say she prayed a lot or regularly went to the temple. No special anything. Mary seems to know she is nothing according to her own "Magnificat". She clearly knows and fully accepts she stands under the total mercy of God, which is mentioned three times in her hymn. Mary knows she did not earn this. It was all mercy, mercy, mercy. Divine choice says something about the chooser much more than the one who is chosen. In the spiritual world, all worthiness is given. Our only job is to fully and freely receive. Mary was a supreme receiver station.
(Adapted from an unpublished talk by Richard Rohr
4. Father [X] used to mention a pamphlet for Mother of Perpetual Help devotions that had both an imprimatur and nihil obstat, but contained a prayer to Mary with the phrase: "Only you can save us from Christ, our Judge."
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