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I love the Blessed Mother! There…I said it and I’m glad I did! As a Catholic, I’m so blessed to be a member of the Church that truly honors and respects the Mother of my Lord and Savior. I must admit that, even though I’m a cradle Catholic, I didn’t always feel this way. In fact, for most of my life I didn’t understand Mary’s role or care about her too much. What a mistake! Now, after several recent accusations of “Mary worship" on my Facebook page, it’s time to stand up for my “Mom". And, even though I love her and want to defend her honor, I have no intention of getting nasty. Rather, I’d prefer to present 5 facts about Mary. Before you accuse Catholics of worshiping Mary, I ask you to take a long hard look at these facts. They have a way of poking holes in the theory that we place too much emphasis on Mary. If you still want to accuse Catholics of worshiping Mary, then I suggest you ignore these facts!

1. God Sent The Savior Through Mary – I list this one first because it’s really tough to downplay Mary’s importance while acknowledging that the long awaiting Messiah came to earth by being born of a woman…and that woman was Mary. Out of all the ways that Jesus could have come to earth, why was Mary chosen? If Mary was important to God, shouldn’t she mean something to us?

2. Jesus Performed His First Miracle At Mary’s Request – This is another good one. Oh I know, Jesus didn’t need Mary to turn the water into wine at Cana. She just happened to be there. OK, why then did St. John list Mary FIRST in his list of wedding guests?

On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage with His disciples. (John 2:1-2)

If Mary is not important in this saga, why is she listed BEFORE the apostles and BEFORE Jesus? St. John the Evangelist was not known for inserting extraneous details. Mary is listed first because John wants to call the readers’ attention to her presence at the wedding.

But what about “the rebuke"? You know, the argument that Jesus was telling Mary to “butt out" when He stated:

“O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come." (John 2:4)

Jesus was a devout Jew and an obedient follower of the Ten Commandments. Why would He publicly dishonor His mother in violation of the Fourth Commandment? Secondly, if this was such a “put down" by Jesus, why did He go ahead and perform the miracle of changing water into wine? Wouldn’t that have been the end of the request. Of course it would, unless He wasn’t putting Mary down. When His mother interceded on behalf of the couple, Our Lord decided that His time had now come. Don’t you think Jesus is trying to tell us something? Isn’t is probable that Jesus waited until Mary’s request, in order to show us her intercessory power? Doesn’t that explain why St. John listed her first among the guests?

3. Jesus Gave Mary To John From The Cross – As He suffered and died on the Cross, Jesus made a very profound statement:

When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:26-27)

Why, while struggling to speak as He hung on the Cross, would Jesus have spoken these words if they didn’t mean anything? Could He have been making small talk? Obviously, there was a reason that Our Lord did what He did. The Church has always believed that John represented each member of the Church and that, from that moment on, Mary became our spiritual mother. Scripture tells us that, on that day John accepted Jesus’ gift and “took her to his own home" (John 19:27). Shouldn’t we do the same?

4. Jesus’ First Graces Were Given Through Mary – This is a fact that frequently gets overlooked by those who wish to downplay Mary’s importance…and it comes straight from the Bible! After accepting God’s offer to become the Mother of the Savior, Mary traveled “in haste" to visit her relative, Elizabeth.

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:41)

According to this Bible passage, before Jesus was even born, Mary’s voice was used to deliver the graces to Elizabeth. Why? Because she’s not important? Isn’t there some other way, these graces could have been dispensed?

Not convinced? Listen to what Elizabeth had to say (also directly from the Bible)…

“For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy." (Luke 1:44)

It’s pretty hard to deny the importance of Mary’s presence and voice in dispensing these graces to Elizabeth. Did the graces originate from Mary? No, they obviously came from Jesus. However, He chose to have Mary make the journey and use her voice to deliver them. Why? Because He wants us to realize that she is important!

5. Jesus Christ Is The Sole Mediator Between God And Man – Now, this doesn’t make sense. How does this help to support the Catholic position? This is why we Catholics “have it all wrong", isn’t it? Sorry if I’m bursting anyone’s bubble, but Catholics absolutely believe that Jesus Christ is the sole mediator between God and man. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) clearly states this belief:

Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. (CCC 2634)

This Catholic teaching is supported by the following Bible passage:

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Although Jesus Christ is the sole mediator between God and man, that doesn’t preclude others (including Mary) from being involved in a subordinate mediation, or intercession. Saint Paul, who made the above statement, is obviously aware of that fact since he several times urges his readers to pray for each other (Romans 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:25, 1 Timothy 2:1). The Catechism refers to this type of intercession as being a “participation in the intercession of Christ" (CCC 2635) and is put into practice each time we pray for one another. Asking Mary to intercede for us in no way takes away from Jesus’ role as mediator between God and men.

While I’m not naive enough to think that listing these 5 facts will render me immune from further accusations of “Mary worship", I do think that they will have an effect if looked at with an open mind. Sacred Scripture does not contain a lot of words about Mary, but what’s there is powerful. Theologians have spent 2,000 years studying her Biblical appearances and will continue to do so. We can learn much by studying Mary’s role as documented in the pages of the Bible. If anyone wants to accuse me of being a “Mary worshiper", I ask you to first look at these 5 facts. If you still want to point a finger, you’ll need to ignore these factual statements…because accepting them will seriously undermine your credibility!

By GARY ZIMAK

http://catholicexchange.com/5-facts-to-ignore-before-accusing-catholics-of-mary-worship#at_pco=smlwn-1.0&at_si=55f40110a26a2768&at_ab=per-12&at_pos=0&at_tot=1










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  1. raul ortega Reply

    Ty go ahead and accuse me I am so proud of being a VIRGEN MARY MOTHER OF THE ONE AND ONLY HOLY GOD worshiper I love ❤ her even though sometime ima hypocrite but I try 😊 not to be again ty

    1. Louise Reply

      Big Mistake to say you ‘worship’ her, because we don’t……….that’s exactly what non-Catholics want to hear us say.

      1. Kay Chorman Reply

        In these cases always quote the Magnificat. Honor, respect, love and so on, but Mary herself said My soul MAGNIFIES the Lord. Making HIM greater than ALL.

      2. Susie Briones Reply

        I agree w/u, the word “worship” belong only to God. While w/ Mary and the Saints. We honor or venerate them.

      3. gary Reply

        Louise, you are absolutely correct! Worship is the wrong word. We pray to Mary to pray and intercede for us to our Lord Jesus!

        1. Evelyn Reply

          Good day!
          Maybe you are member of a catholic group. But doesnt really know the teachings and doctrine..
          Nowhere else in the Bible that Jesus teaches his disciple to pray to Mary. But in Mathew 6:5 & 6:9 Jesus says when you pray…. Jesus told us to pray to the Father. For we have one mediator between God and men, Jesus himself. Jesus will intercede for us..

          2 Timothy 3:16 please do read.
          That is why in the book of Colossians 2: 8 Paul writes, beware lest any spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. God bless you.

    2. Kay Chorman Reply

      Do not worship her. Mary herself said: My soul MAGNIFIES the Lord. We can honor her. We can respect her. We can thank her. We can bless her. We can ask her to pray for us. We can love her. Etc., etc., etc. But she herself tells us to MAGNIFY the Lord…make Him first, foremost, ALPHA AND OMEGA first & last. Can you see the difference now between worshipping and beholding her as the one Jesus chose to be his mother…Only worship the Lord who gave life … But honor her who gave us our Savior. 😇.

      1. Gerda Reply

        The confusion arises because of language. In medieval times there were 3 words used for prayer. One was used exclusively for God, one was used for Mary and one used for saints. Unfortunately in modern English these have all been subsumed in the single word pray and even more unfortunate is the fact that the word used for praying to Mary was the word worshipe which meant honour highly. This has survived in hymns about and to Mary but this then gave the impression that we worshipped her whereas it always expressed that we honour her more highly than we honour the saints. As indeed we should but we do not nor ever have worshipped her, a word now only used for God

        1. Peter Spasic Reply

          Did Peter, Paul, or any other NT authors ever command us to honour “saint” Stephen after he was martyred? Besides, who are “saints”? – Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:1, etc – all who are in Christ, born-again children of God (John 1:12-13)

    3. Cynthia Reply

      -for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God–
      Exodus 34:14

      1. James Reply

        Since we are well aware that Our Lady is not God nor a god, verses about worshipping other gods are totally irrelevant as objections to venerating her. The idea that we treat her as a god or as God is too baseless to deserve consideration.

    4. Suda Reply

      Whats wrong if you worship Mary anyway? I think she was marked out because she’s a woman.

      The church is run by men who think they’re superior to women. Hence the Automatic assumption that God is a man ect.

      Women have to realize the whole religion thing is men making rules to control women ultimately.

    5. Tyler Reply

      Im a non-denominant Christian reading this article to better understand Catholicism because a portion of my family is Catholic. Naturally, I believe in my beliefs rather than those of the Catholic denomination, but I tried my best to be as open to your argument. However, I’m sure that I didn’t settle down enough or prepare my heart to understand this the best because of haste. When I started reading, I realized that your tone was very offensive. This article constantly accused the people that were to read it including me. It put me in a negative and offensive mood myself while reading it; not a mood that is best for persuasion. I suggest that you settle down and prepare your heart to write holy and godly messages so that you might let God’s glory shine through your writing.

      1. Lilian Reply

        Catholics do not worship Mary, we honour/ venerate her. Facts: She is the daughter of God the Father, she is the Mother of God the Son our Lord Jesus Christ and she is the spouse of the Holy Spirit.
        1.God the Father chose her to be the only vessel to produce his Son, She is holy.
        2. God the Son chose her as his vessel to manifest as man, whose flesh and blood did our Lord Jesus Christ take on for nine months to come into this world as the Son of God?

        (3)God the Holy Spirit chose her as his spouse, he overshadowed her and she became pregnant.

        (4)If you can honour your Mother and other female personalities why can’t you honour she whom God has honoured above all. If you truly believe in Jesus as God and the Son of God then how can you not honour his Mother, the source of his flesh and blood. Why do we celebrate Christmas and Easter. Did Jesus fall from the sky. You can’t love Jesus, and disrespect/ hate his Mother. How did she offend you? She intercedes for us, if your pastor, priest, Bishop and prophets even your family and friends can pray for you, then why can’t the Mother of our Lord, God and saviour do so. Please, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand. If after all these facts you are still in doubt. The blood of Jesus that you proclaim where did it come from?

  2. monika smith Reply

    Agreed wholeheartedly with your explanation…I believe in Mary’s protection and her interceding for us who believe she is the mother of the whole world…people should read Mary’s apparition in Fatima.

    1. Louise Reply

      The only people who will believe in Mary’s apparitions are devout Catholics…..lukewarm, or casual cafeteria Catholics most likely won’t. Many or ALL non-Catholics like my sisters say that it was probably the devil that appeared as Mary. So telling these people to read about Mary’s apparitions is really fruitless unfortunately.

  3. monika smith Reply

    Go and talk to a person who is a catholic and knows here teachings.

  4. Tosan Reply

    Good one Gary. Ur explanation was simple to d core. People who chose not to understand will continue in their stand but that will not stop the role of Mary in the history of salvation. Mary, our mother, must continue to be honoured…

    1. Evelyn Reply

      Good day Sir! Mary has no part of our salvation. Romans 11:36, Acts 4:12.
      May the Lord God will open your hearts and mind to what is truth. Know the truth and the truth shall set you free. God bless you.

  5. Cecilia Tamayo Reply

    Also you forgot her great Magnificat….Luke 1:46-55

    Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
    46 And Mary said,

    “My soul magnifies the Lord,
    47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
    49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
    50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
    51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
    52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
    53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
    54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
    55 as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever."

  6. Tracey Reply

    I’ve been a catholic for less than 3 years. For 40 years before that, I was a protestant (Baptist). I used to think of Mary as “just a woman”. Not any more. There is overwhelming biblical evidence of Mary being important – this article is brilliant. One thing that struck me right between the eyes was this: Jesus spent 10 times more of his life (30 years) with Mary, versus “just” 3 years with His Apostles. Second, the Ten Commandments tell us to honour our father and our mother. I was raised to show respect to my friends’ parents. I cannot believe I ever thought it was okay to show the slightest disrespect to Jesus’ Mother, let alone some of the appalling things that are said in some circles that are completely wrong. I strongly recommend that anyone who dares to insult or belittle Mary or her role in Jesus’ life should read the Catholic Catechism (available in any catholic bookshop or online). If you’re a christian you should know that one day we will all stand before God for His judgment. Good luck trying to explain why you dissed Jesus’ mother, the mother that GOD HIMSELF chose to bear Jesus into this world, the ark of the New Covenant. They overlaid the Ark containing the Ten Commandments in gold, and housed it in a very sacred place. How on earth did things get so messed up that we can show such immense disrespect to the one and only person in all of history who was given the singular honour of carrying the NEW COVENANT into this world? What the Catholic Church ACTUALLY teaches is that catholics are NEVER to worship Mary, in fact it’s just the opposite. We are to show her due honour and respect, but NEVER worship her. She is Jesus’ Mother. Even if the relevant parts of the Bible (as quoted in this article) are glossed over and ignored by those intent on disrespecting her, how can any self-respecting Christian be so insulting to Jesus’ own flesh and blood mother? It makes absolutely no sense. Yet, somehow, I was one of those people who never knew the truth until I looked into the catholic church, and to be honest, was absolutely horrified to find that the catholic church is INFINITELY more faithful to the Bible than my “sola scriptura” church ever was. I have immense gratitude to my Baptist roots, it gave me Jesus. But the catholic church has given me my whole Family, and that’s something I will always be grateful for.

    1. L Oban Reply

      AMEN

      1. connie Reply

        Glory and honor be to GOD.and the 7 grace your given when you belief and pray The ROSERY are real.

        1. Stephen Parr Reply

          Connie. Where in the Bible does God tell us to pray the rosary? Or are you following the CCC over the Word of God?
          which is greater ;traditiion of the roman catholic church or Scripture, being inspired by God Himself?, 1 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20

        2. Stephen Parr Reply

          Visuca. Why are you calling mary holy when the Bible makes it clear only God is holy. Revelation 15:4, 16:5? You are speaking heresy, as no where in the Scriptures is mary called holy. This attribute belongs to the Lord alone , yet youd compare a sinful woman with God Almighty? This amounts to idolatry.

          1. James

            Mr Parr, the Bible teaches that in Romans it is said “all have sinned and fall short in the glory of God… The Angel Gabriel who was sent by God, said “Hail full of Grace…” What does that mean Sir? If the Holy land is Holy because Jesus walked there than how much more Holy is the Womb that Jesus was born from?

          2. Stephen Parr

            Oh James. Really? Ok…. the Lord Jesus is full of grace (John 1:14) – Greek words used are PLERES CHARITOS – Pleres means literally “complete or full ” Charitos means grace. Luke 1:28 regarding Mary – the word used is kecharitomene – Literally means to grace, i.e. indue with special honor. So you are incorrect. And Mary is still a sinner in need of a Saviour .

          3. Peter Spasic

            True…
            And if Mary was born sinless then why could Paul still declare that “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
            And If Mary has such an important role in our salvation, why is this not clearly taught in the apostles’ letters? No one on this site has offered an explanation…

          4. Peter Spasic

            Have just read Tim Staples’ explanation regarding Mary’s sinlessness… http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/hail-mary-conceived-without-sin
            So if he is correct and if the earliest church fathers taught this (before the canon of scripture was finalised) then why do none of the finally-agreed-upon New Testament letters of Paul, Peter, etc contain any clear teaching on her sinlessness (Romans 3:23) and her role as co-mediatrix etc? Surely the writings of these fathers were in circulation – and if they were correct shouldn’t they have been included in the “God-inspired scriptures” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) that are meant to “profit” us and make us “complete”?
            And if the support is because the Magisterium decided so, where did they get these doctrines from – if not from these fathers?
            Salvation is by faith in Christ alone – can it also come by faith in Christ plus Mary? Facebook show tens of thousands of Catholics praying to Mary for her help (compare Hebrews 4:16)

      2. Vivien Oge Reply

        Beautiful dear. We believe in God, The 3in One God. if we love and respect our mothers, sometimes when they are dead we have their pictures and feel their presence why shouldn’t we do Same or even more to the Mother our Saviour??? We believe in adoration, because we don’t make noise they think we’re fools.

        1. Stephen Parr Reply

          Vivien Oge – Does the Bible say to pray to the dead? Actually it forbids it – or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or cone who inquires of the dead, – Deuteronomy 18:11(esv) The Roman catholic church in its multitudinous error goes even further ,by saying in the Catechism, part 1, section2, chapter 3, 969 – “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation . . . . Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.” – Calling her mediatrix. Where does Gods Word say she does that? This robs God of His glory by ascribing the saving and mediatorial work which Christ alone does to a created being, which is blasphemy and an insult to God Himself!

      3. Denis Reply

        Well said… my personal relationship with Mary has kept me happy and fulfilled . I feel her tender love and protection every day. I only look with pity on those who detest her. If only they know…

      4. Charles Reply

        Being a catholic or a protestant will do you no good. A christian should believe these
        1. Bible is the only word of God to believe, study and teach
        2. There is only one God and he is the creator and sustainer of all
        3 God is the only one who is receive all glory honor and power
        4 Prayer is only heard and answered by God
        These are the basic things that the bible teach and those obeying them are the real Christians.
        if right say amen

        1. Mai Dillon Reply

          1) The Catholic Church compiled the Bible that you read. And which bible are you talking about? Luther’s bible that he changed 3,000 words and took out 7 books? Or another one that was revised? The original bible was compiled by the RCC. So if it is not the original bible, then you are reading a revised Catholic bible. And, Catholics were and are the first Christians. Protestants are fallen away Catholics are people who cherry picked what they wanted to believe.
          2) Uh The Catholic Church and every Christian believes this.
          3) All Christians believe this too lol.
          4) The bible does not state that only God hears our prayers.

          1. Peter Spasic

            “4) The bible does not state that only God hears our prayers” (there are millions of things the Bible does not state!!!!)
            This is true…
            He hears the prayers of the LIVING for the LIVING (eg; Ephesians 6:18-19) – no mention of praying for the dead or the dead praying for the living
            Rev 5:8 would have to be really twisted to support praying to Mary or any other departed believers.
            Over to you…

    2. Louise Reply

      Thank you so much Tracey for what you wrote. I am going to tell my sister to look at your comment. She left the church about 30 something yrs ago and still wants to believe that we worship Mary, or give her too much honor………..thank you again !!! May God Bless you !!!

    3. Kerri Reply

      I’ve only been Catholic myself for a few years Tracey…grew up Baptist as well… and what you are saying is so very true. I’m glad we are both “home”.

    4. Margarett RBC Zavodny Reply

      Tracey, what a beautiful testimony!

    5. rene sebastian Reply

      AMEN! MOTHER MARY, PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL OF US>

      1. Peter Spasic Reply

        Rene, you are obviously very sincere in your belief. However, would you care to quote the scriptures that tell us “MOTHER MARY, PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL OF US”?
        In the light of this Catholic teaching, what do you make of Hebrews 4:16?

    6. Evelyn Reply

      Hi Tracey! Remember that there is no union of sperm of Mary and Jesus. Saying that own flesh and blood. God bless you Tracey. Please read Colossians 2.

  7. Jose B. Fuliga Reply

    Why did the Blessed Mary call Jesus “my savior” in the Magnificat if she does not need a savior because she has no sin?

    1. Teti Reply

      Because of her humility and total dependence on God. She knew that without God she was nothing.

      1. Stephen Parr Reply

        That does not answer the question well at all. How do you handle 1 timothy 1:9 and Luke 2:22-24? also Levitcus 12:1-7? You people follow your Magisterium blindly, yet they are leading you all to hell. The Bible does not say Mary was preserved from original sin at all .

    2. Ruben Nava Reply

      Jose B. Fuliga the church never gas taught that Mary didn’t need a Savior. She most certainly did Jesus saved her in a more perfect way. He saved her before she contracted original sin. In essence we have already fallen into the pit of original sin and He saves us through our baptism (1 Peter 3:21 baptism now saves us). Before Mary can fall Jesus saves her ahead of time before she falls into the pit. Common sense tells us if we could create our own mother would we make her Immaculate without sin or defiled and stained with sin. I say Jesus makes her undefiled as she would have the womb which would bear the God Man.

      1. Jose B. Fuliga Reply

        Where do you find in the Word of God (Scriptures) that the Blessed Mary was saved from original sin before she was born. Jesus then would not be the savior of all men because there was one exempt from original sin and that is the Blessed Mary.

      2. Jose B. Fuliga Reply

        The blessed Mary must be omnipresent (present everywhere) to hear the simultaneous prayers of people all over the world. She must also be omniscient (knowing all things) to understand all the prayers said in various languages of the world. The Catholic church has never said she has these attributes of omnipresence and omniscience which God has. Neither the early Christians of the New Testament or of the early church invoke Mary nor said she has the power of being present everywhere at the same time and knowing all the languages of the world. How come we don’t have Old Testament saints like Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Noah, Job and the prophets of the Old Testament? When they passed away no believers invoke them as intermediaries between God and men.

        1. El Trion Reply

          The Holy Spirit does. The Holy Spirit dwells in Mary, and dwells in all the Apostles and Saints, has made All of the Glory Church of God one in Spirit.
          The Apostles testified that one of the Holy Spirit gift is the Gift of Prophecy, knowing something before happen. The other gift is the omnipresent, here I quoted from the Bible for you:
          Acts 8:39 When they came out of water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away and the eunuch didn’t see him anymore…
          Acts 8:29 The Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and join yourself…”

          Jesus Himself promised this:
          John 14:12 Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these….
          Why had Jesus said that? Greater than what He did? How come?
          Did Jesus omnipresent during His life? No. If He was omnipresent, then the words of Marta in John 11:21 would mean nothing…
          Did Jesus omniscience? Well, during His life, He did knowing what to come, but….
          Let me quote verses you should read carefully:
          Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said…. (Why did He marveled if He everknowing anything?)
          Mark 6:6 He marveled because of their unbelief.
          Luke 7:9, Mark 5:30, 32…

          The Catholic Church teach that Jesus presented in the Bible is 100% God, yet 100% Human. Your argument of 2 caracters of God, which is omnipresent and omniscience cannot be applied if you separated Mary from the gift of Holy Spirit, just like when you separate Jesus as human and Jesus as God.
          Because one caracter of God is eternal. God never dies, but Jesus died. Was Jesus not God then?

          Paul in his letter to Hebrews 7:3 describes Melchizedek king of Salem as without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning days nor end of life…. If you contradicted that verse to Jesus, was Melchizedek greater than Jesus? Was Melchizedek equal to Yhvh? Then if Melchizedek is eternal, why was he be called priest of God Most High? If Melchizedek has no end of life, where on earth is he now?

          Paul in his epistle to Corinthians, 1 Cor 13:12 said For now we see in a mirror dimly….
          When anyone still living in an earthly body, his/her spirit is limited.
          But then, when they have the Glorious Body, just as Jesus after His Ressurection, the Spirit of the Lord dwells in him/her works continuously.

          1. Jose Fuliga

            El Trion, You are making two persons in the person of Jesus: Jesus the human who suffered and died and Jesus who is God who did not die. There is only one person in Jesus who is both God and man. I think your problem is you think of death as the end of life. Death is not a procession from existence to non-existence. When Jesus the God/man died the man Jesus did not become non-existent. In fact, all three creeds pf the Christian Church – Athanasian, Nicene and Apostles’ Creed says that Jesus “descended into hell and after three days rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.” When we die, we continue to exist and are punished either in hell or purgatory or enjoy life in heaven.. This is the Catholic faith. Jesus is one person with two natures: human and divine. Hence when Jesus died we can say, God died for Jesus is God even in death and so His sufferings and death has eternal value for us because it is not only a man who died for us but the God/man Jesus Christ.

  8. Jim Asudi Reply

    Informative. However, I think you have not convincingly argued out this verse “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)” While you suppose that this does not exclude other intercessors like Mary, you should also take care of another person (like me) arguing that this simply means ‘no one else but Jesus’…and please, could you do an article on why we have sculptures of Jesus in church when one of the commandments say ‘you shall not make anything of my image’

    1. Noel Reply

      You’re mistaken about Catholics practicing idolatry with the images. The commandments said, “you shall not have any god before me.” I ask you, do you keep pictures of your loved ones in your wallet or house? Do you pray for them, and I hope you’re not being hypocritical, do you adorn those pics with ornaments or keep it in a fancy frame? If so, then you’re already practicing idolatry in your own standards. What those images pertain to Catholics is to show and remember the passion and sacrifices of our lord. Granted that there are many misinformed Catholics, but their purpose is to give you more of a dramatic effect. Ever heard the saying, “action speaks louder than words?” I’m a Catholic since birth. I have been educated in a Catholic school. I can hold my ground with many ministers and preachers who dare challenge my faith. You can lambast me anyway you want. Just don’t cross Mary. The passion of the Lord was handed down to him. He was even prepared and strengthened by the Father for it. But I don’t think there is anything that can prepare a mother to see her son suffer in the way Christ did. That, my friend is why I love her so much. The main reason why I remain Catholic is because it’s the only religion that gives Mary enough importance in salvation. Did you know she was mentioned from the very start in Genesis (Genesis 3:15)?

      1. CIDA Reply

        You certainly love the pictures and images for more than you love God. There is a commandments that said that you shouldn’t make images that looks like anything in heaven or on earth, if you understood that portion of the Bible and commandment and still went ahead to make images both in your worship areas and homes, that shows that you are either too wise in your own eyes or you are hiding something that you are not letting the world know of. Please does it really mean that Almighty God wouldn’t hear or attend to prayers that are not made through Mary? If He will why would we call on mortal Mary to intercede for us. Please my brothers and sisters Mary was just a vessel through which God Almighty had His work done, nothing else, if Mary wasn’t there someone else would have been chosen. Our relationship with God via Christ’s death and resurrection is that of father and sons. If you have anything to ask your father why wouldn’t you ask him direct instead of going to tell his mother or even your mother to ask him on your behalf?

    2. Marian Diggs Reply

      Jim, in response to you pointing to the Biblical passages from Timothy… U R correct , Jesus is the only mediator between man and God. However, as other have pointed out Mary as His mother holds a special place. We pray to her to intercede for us to her Son, Jesus. Because she is His earthly mother and was blessed upon conception to be free of original sin, she was predestined to be His mother… Therefore holds a special place in his heart. We believe that because of this if we pray for her to intercede on our behalf to Jesus,Jesus will intercede to God for us more readily. This is simplistic, I realize this, but I think this may make it clearer why Mary is so important to Catholics. Just like if you were a child and asked you mom to talk to your dad about something you needed. If she agreed with you your dad would think your request was more more reasonable since she agreed to talk to him on your behalf.God Bless.

  9. lithe tale Reply

    The bible says, to do everything for the glory of God.So if she is honored because she is the Mother of Christ, the only connection to humanity, that makes a lot of sense. Bible also says, He is God of the living, not the dead. I too did not understand this, but i do now. Mary’s song of praise is my most favorite prayer.

  10. Just Asking Reply

    Sir/Mam,

    I’m just curious on the first answer,
    Please can you elaborate to me, Who is the One who send our saviour, Jesus Christ?.. You may answer, the God send Jesus Christ in order for us to be saved, all of us will agree, right? But the question is , if our Lord Jesus Christ is our God, then who is the one who send him in order for us to be saved? Then if you said the Father send the Son, then we have two Gods now… just a question only,… thank you

    1. Margarett RBC Zavodny Reply

      The Holy Trinity is One God in Three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are not separate gods, but One God. Each Person of the Holy Trinity is in Communion with the others at all times. It is not something we can totally understand in our sinful human state with only our human intellect. It must be believed by faith.

  11. Supun Rodrigo Reply

    Wel done, Nice try! May the HoodLorD shower his immense blessings through the very intercession of our Lady

  12. ginny Reply

    Holy Love .org

    July 1, 2015
    Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus

    “I am your Jesus, born Incarnate.”

    “I have come to tell you with certainty that I am troubled by the negative attitude of officials concerning My Mother’s interventions in the world today. It is I, Myself, Who send Her. To reject My Mother is to reject Me.”

    “What She says is the pearl of infinite value. My Mother does not come for Herself, but for the welfare of Her children, always leading them in personal holiness and closer to Me. She comes to build up the Body of Christ, but the rejection of Her efforts tears it down.”

    “Leaders who object the most to My Mother’s interventions are very often the ones who need it the most. During this age of compromises, it is not wise or prudent to trust the opinions of those who lead just for the sake of their position. Hold these things in your hearts to be drawn upon in the future.

  13. felix Reply

    don’t forget:
    Mary was the first person Jesus saw
    Jesus first words were spoken to Mary
    Jesus first diaper was changed by Mary
    Jesus first meal was provided by Mary
    Jesus was first carried by Mary
    If Jesus cried as a baby, it was too Mary
    in the womb, the first person Jesus kicked was Mary

    What more proof do you need?

    Seriously though; forget your emotional rational and read the word in it’s context. Start with the old testament so you can understand the new testament, which by the way is commentary to the old testament. Worship and serve only God. Luke 4:8, Exodus 34:14

  14. Chris Reply

    The Virgin Mary is the greatest intercessor to our Lord Jesus Christ. Mary is the greatest threat to Satan hence the reason that the devil whispers lies to discredit her which many Christians are deceived to believe. Reciting the Rosary and Hail Marys glorifies her and her power which Satan who seeks to rule the world does not want.

  15. Jose B. Fuliga Reply

    Why don’t we have a St. Moses, St. Abraham, St. Noah, St. Job, St. Elijah, etc. All of these men talked with God and had great faith in God. God delivered the Ten Commandments to us through Moses. God performed many miracles through Moses yet there are no shrines or devotions for any of these men of faith or for the many prophets of the Old Testament. Why don’t the church canonized these saints of the Old Testament and ask the Christians to pray to them?

  16. Jose Fuliga Reply

    When the divine Jesus became man, He remained as God. He is both God and man even today. He remained God and man even when He was suffering and dying on the cross and so we can say, “God died for us” but Jesus did not use His power as God when He was suffering and dying on the cross. It is not only the man Jesus who died for us otherwise we could not be saved as only a man died for our sins. God died for us that is why His death has eternal valued for us. Read Philippians 2:6-11. Because He did not use His divine power as God, He could be tempted and could have sinned but He did not sin. That is what is virtuous in His life – He could sin but did not sin.and so temptation is real. If He could not sin or fall into temptation because He could not sin, then the temptation is not real..

  17. Jose Fuliga Reply

    El Trion, When I say omnipresent, I mean he or she can be present simultaneously in all places so she can hear the simultaneous prayers of the Christians at the same time in different places. When I say omniscient (knowing all things) she must know all the languages in which prayers are said to her. I don’t think the Church has ever taught that the Blessed Mary is omnipresent and omniscient that she knows English, German, French, and all the other languages of the world as people pray to her in these languages. The quotation you wrote from Acts does not say at all that Philip was present both at the side of the Eunuch and at the same time somewhere else where the Holy Spirit brought Him. When Jesus became man, He remained as God even on the cross and in His death. God died for me and not just the man Jesus and this why His death as both God and man has value. This is the Catholic faith. Do not divide Christ into two. He is one person – both God and man and still is.

  18. Jose Fuliga Reply

    Why isn’t Moses, Abraham, Noah, Job, Elijah and all the prophets of the Old Testament honored as saints like calling them St. Moses, St. Abraham, St. Noah, etc. I haven’t heard of any church named after them. I have also heard no devotion to thm. The New Testament Church and the early Christians did not pray to them.

    1. James M Reply

      The OT Saints are honoured as Saints – since that is what they are. Elijah is the patron Saint of the Carmelites. In the pre-1962 Calendar, the Maccabean Martyrs (see 2 Maccabees) are honoured as Saints on August 1, and their feast is referred to by St Ambrose. The 1954 edition of the Roman Martyrology mentions 32 OT Saints, 16 of whom are the Prophets. However, they are more venerated by Eastern Catholics than by Catholics of the Roman Rite.

  19. Jacob Anthony Tucker Reply

    We don’t Worship Mary, we revere her and ask her to intercede for us like she did at Canan. The fact that Jesus changed the water into wine when his ” time has not yet come” tell us that Mary is the most powerful intercessor that Jesus cannot deny. So we Catholics pray to Mary to intercede for us. The non-Christ-founded churches will look out for something to try to justify their existence. Why do they have 66 books in the Bible when the Catholic Bible has 73 and the Catholic Church was the sole provider and custodian of the Bible for 1,500 years before they started adulterating it.

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Because the Catholic held the bible captive from ordinary people for many years. The bible is originally in Hebrew. The Catholic translated it to Latin but all in their own translation. especially changing “repent” to “pentance”. Where in Catholic you can only be forgiven if you do suffering and submission to authority which is by that time was the pope and priests. Contradict to the real translation. Then came William Wycliffe that translated it word by word. The Catholic wasn’t happy about it and killed him. Then came John Hus that promoted Wycliff’s translation. Also died doing this, then Gutenberg had a printing press that made the bible possible to produce for public. Catholic wasn’t happy and burned the copies. Only few survived. Then Wulliam Tyndale came with a passion for every person to have a copy of the bible and translated to the English bible that we read in the King James Version now, on most of the chapter in the bible. He was killed by Catholic for doing his too.
      Please learn the history of the bible to know that many died to make it possible for us to have a copy of the bible in our hand. Then came Martin Luther who was a Monk but became a rebel because he knew that the Latin bible from the Catholic is not the right translation from the original bible. He made a big revolution inside the Roman Catholic about it. These people passionately lived in hiding so the bible can be translated from Hebrew to English and made copies to be distributed to regular people. The Catholics mass murdered whoever supported item. So now if you will really study the history, you will know that the bible has been held captive by Catholics for decades and murdered millions of Christians to prevent it from translating and be distributed to us.