3.7 - Mary as a model of the Church (The implication of this teaching for…
3.7 - Mary as a model of the Church
The implication of this teaching for Catholics today
Most Churches have statues of Mary, or even separate Lady Chapels.
Marian apparitions have led to shrines and places of pilgrimage.
She has many titles including Theotokos (Mother of God) and Madonna.
There are religious orders dedicated to Mary such as the Marist Fathers.
There are many Marian solemnities (important feast days)
Hymns, prayers, and poems are dedicated to Mary.
How is Mary a model of the Church?
How is Mary a model of the Church
Joined with Jesus
Mary's role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ" (CCC 964)
Doctrine about Mary is also about Jesus. She is the mother of the Church since she is the mother of Jesus (as the Church is the body of Christ)
Faith and Charity
"The Virgin Mary is the Church's model of faith and charity" (CCC 967)
She accepted the risk of carrying Jesus. She obeyed the command in Joseph's dream to flee to Egypt. She is seen as charitable by encouraging Jesus to solve the problem of a lack of wine at the wedding in Cana. She watched Jesus at the foot of the cross.
"And Mary said'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord'" (Luke 1)
She is sometimes called the first disciple - she had faith in Jesus from the moment of conception. This is why she is a model for the Church, not just discipleship, as her sacrifice and service began before Jesus' birth.
Her life reflects the value, teaching, and beliefs of the Catholic faith.
She is the embodiment of what it means to be Catholic
She is a role model, but this is separate to her role as model of the Church.
Mary is seen as a model for the Church because of her faith, trust in God, discipleship, and charity.
There are many feat days, special prayers, and places of pilgrimage dedicated to Mary.
She is a personal role model for Catholics: open to God and willing to accept his requests despite the difficulties.