Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church Friar Mariano D. Veliz, O.P., Parochial Vicar and Apostolate Director 4640 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119 Email: frmarianovelizop@preachmypsalter.comPhone: (504) 488-2651, #249

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Honoring Mary as the Mother of God

       Throughout her history, the Catholic Church has professed the revealed faith she has received from Christ through the holy apostles concerning the person of Christ Himself in relationship to His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  First and foremost, the Church professes her belief in the revelation that the child Jesus, conceived and born of the Blessed Virgin Mary as man in human history, is the Uncreated Divine Person of God the Son from all eternity.  As such, this Son proceeds eternally from the Father.  In this sense, He is not a creature, but He does have a created human nature.  For as the Uncreated Son of God, He created a humanity for Himself in becoming man. This means that He did not become a creature by His human conception and birth to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the contrary, He remained the Uncreated God as man.
       As for the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, she is a creature.  She is the greatest creature the Son of God ever created for Himself in all creation.  For He created her “full of grace” as a human being, as the All Holy Daughter of Israel, through her Immaculate Conception to prepare her to become His Mother “in the fullness of time”. Accordingly, from the beginning of her creation, she was fully sanctified, far above all other creatures, by a singular grace of justification, the immaculate grace of God, through the Gift of the Holy Spirit. As such, she received this grace from her conception as a human being in anticipation of the merits of her Son’s saving actions as man.  In this sense, He saved her through her immaculate creation. For this reason, she has a natural debt to honor Him in justice and charity as her God by offering Him prayer of latria or worship, for God alone merits such prayer as her Creator and Savior.  She is, in this sense, subject to Him.  She is subject to His divine dignity and authority.  For He is not only her Son, but also her God.  Nevertheless, in a certain sense, by His human conception and birth as man to the Blessed Virgin Mary, God the Son subjects Himself to her maternal dignity and authority. In becoming man through Blessed Mary, He establishes a relationship of nature, a relationship of consanguinity, with her. This means that as man He proceeds from the same substance or nature of Blessed Mary as to natural, bodily descent.  His humanity descends from hers.  Consequently, as a natural Son of Mary through His created human nature, He becomes naturally indebted to her as to filial justice and charity.  As a result, this is a debt He is morally required to pay her by nature.  For as her natural Son, He has a filial duty to offer her the just and loving actions she has merited for herself by conceiving and bearing Him as man. Accordingly, He honors her as His Mother, as the Mother of God, by such actions, for He is the Son of God who has become man through her. 
        All the same, in professing that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God through the human incarnation of God the Son in her womb, the Church is not saying that Mary is the "Mother of a human person." On the contrary, the Church is saying that Mary is the "Mother of a Divine Person," the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Son, who became man through His incarnation. For the terminus or end of the act of Mary conceiving God as man through the Holy Spirit is not the generation of a created human subject or person in her womb. There remains only one "personal subjectum" in the incarnation of God the Son as man. This subjectum, called the "suppositum" or "hypostasis," is the Uncreated Divine Person of the Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.  As such, this is the subjectum that proceeds eternally from God the Father.  For this reason, the Church professes that the subject or suppositum of the created human nature of Jesus Christ is His Uncreated Divine Person.  In this sense, He remains "one and the same Divine Person" eternally in becoming man.  Accordingly, Mary’s conception of the Son of God as man terminates not in the creation of a human person, but in the incarnation of the Uncreated Person of God the Son as man through a created human nature.  As a result, God the Son acquires a "second nature or mode of being" in becoming man, not a second suppositum or person.  This means that He remains the Son of God in becoming the son of man.  For this reason, the subject of His created manhood or nature is His Uncreated Divine Person as the Son of God.  In this sense, He unites this second created nature or mode of being to Himself in the incarnation of His Divine Person.  This is called the "hypostatic union," the union of the divine nature and the human nature, in the One Divine Person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Hence, the Blessed Virgin Mary is rightly called the Mother of God, not the Mother of a human person. For She is more than the Mother of a man.  She is the Mother of the Divine Person of God the Son who has become man.  She is the Mother of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity who remains fully God in becoming fully man.
       On this basis, St. Thomas says that as the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary has a certain infinite dignity by her maternal relationship to the infinite Good, God Himself.  As such, he says that there is nothing that can be conceived of as greater than Mary’s Maternity, because there is nothing greater than God as the end or terminus of this Maternity.  This is the basis for St. Thomas’s teaching concerning hyperdulia, a special honor or veneration due to Blessed Mary alone as Mother of God.  According to him, "hyperdulia" is the highest form of dulia, because the reverence or honor due any person increases with that person’s relation to God.  The greater this relation, the greater the honor due the person.  As a result, because the Maternity of the person of Blessed Virgin Mary terminates in the Uncreated Person of God the Son, she is personally due the greatest honor or reverance among human persons called hyperdulia through acts of justice and love.  This would include prayer of veneration and intercession.  Accordingly, during this Christmas season, I hope and pray that you will consider honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of the Divine Person of God the Son.




28 comments:

  1. Dear Friar Mariano, Thank you for creating this new website.
    I am looking forward to visiting the site and sharing it with
    friends. I pray that the Holy Spirit continues to bless and guide you always!

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    1. Thanks so much, Leslie! I've had it for a while but haven't had much time to publish on it. I wanted to begin by writing an article on Our Lady. My hope is to write something twice per month if I have time. May the Blessed Mother help me. Thanks for sharing the website. God bless, dear friend!

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  2. This is so beautiful so well explained. I love The Blessed Mother with all my heart and it hurts me so much when protestants speak ill of her. She is Full of Grace. She is Blessed for all generations. Thank you Friar Mariano. I get closer to Mary every time you write about her.

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    1. You are welcome, Ana! It is good to know that you understand what I wrote. I also am so grateful to God that He inspires you to mature in your relationship with His Mother through my ministry. May God bless you! Please consider sharing the post and website with your friends. Thanks!

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  3. Thank you, so much Friar Mariano for this great post! I love Our Blessed Mother, she has always been with me, even when I was not close to her. I seek to get closer to Our Lord Jesus by trying to follow the example of Our Blessed Mother in saying YES, whenever I'm ask to do something in the Church, and working in trying to listen God's will in my life by giving myself in any way I can to others, although this needs way too much improvement and your post is truly a great encouragement to continue trying and always try to kindly defend Our Blessed Mother, even to the extend I have been called blasphemous.

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    1. You are welcome, Rocio! I am grateful to God that you have formed such a loving relationship with our Blessed Mother. Thank you for seeing the truth in what I wrote here and for taking the time comment. May our dear Mother keep you and your children close to her Immaculate Heart. God bless.

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    2. Thank you, and God Bless you, Friar Mariano

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    3. The Almighty has done great thing for me and, Holy is his Name! Friar Mariano, how could one not love the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world? How could a soul deny her Immaculata when, while praying her Angelus, the WORD became flesh? For the first time, I learned her little Jesus loved me. Can't you see why my gratitude for my Mother will be mine all the days of my life, leaving me in awe in every word that you have written here? Thank you for loving her and being here so we too might love her more. God bless you always!!

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    4. Thanks so much, dear friend! I appreciate your beautiful post filled with much wisdom. You are truly a beloved daughter of Our Most Holy Mother. Pray for me as I continue to mature in my vocation and ministry as a priest in the Order of Preachers. I took the name of Mariano in honor of our Lady. May she come to my aid in my ministry for the salvation of souls. You are in my prayers. I think I know who you are but will not say your name. God bless, dear friend.

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  4. Thanks, Fr. Mariano, for your post on Our Blessed Mother. I know she is praying for us always.

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    1. You are welcome, Maureen! She is, indeed, prayerfully interceding to her beloved Son, Jesus Christ, on our behalf perpetually. May she help us become more and more configured to the image of her Son.

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  5. Fr. Mariano,
    Thank you for creating this web page, it is very remarkable and has good solid teachings that all of us need to know. I am really happy and I am going to visit it from now on!

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  6. Thanks so much, Catolico Fiel! I appreciate your support. Please share this page with your friends. I hope and pray you have a Merry Christmas season and Happy New Year! May the Child Jesus be in your heart.

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  7. Thank-you, Friar Mariano, for your yes to God, in not only becoming a Priest, but in your love for the Blessed Mother, and your willingness to take the time to educate us, and continue our education in our faith. You are in my daily prayers. Michele

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    1. You are welcome, dear friend! I love being a priest in the Order of Preachers. I know God and our Mother are with me helping me in my journey. Thank you for being open to my ministry. May Our Blessed Mother help you more and more to become the holy child of God He created and redeemed you to be. I am praying for you. God bless.

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  8. A very good website indeed. Faithful AND professional. :)

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  9. Thanks so much, Patrick! That is the only way to be, FAITHFUL AND PROFESSIONAL. May God bless you and your family through the maternal intercession of the All Holy Mother of God. You are a blessing, Patrick! Please visit the site whenever you can. I will be publishing on it about twice a month if time permits. God be with you.

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  10. I love the post, God bless you and may our blessed mother cover you with her holy mantle.

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  11. Thank you, dear friend! Blessings to you. May the Mother of God help you become a saint.

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  12. Thanks for this educational post, Friar Mariano! In all my years as a Catholic, I have never read a better explanation on the subject. You have given me a clear understanding how to express what I believe. Thanks for your ministry.

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    1. Thank you so much, friend! I am grateful to God that this article was helpful to you as a person of faith. Please tell your family and friends. May the All Holy Mother of God intercede to her Son, Jesus Christ, on your behalf to inspire you to proclaim to others what you have learned for their salvation. Happy and Holy New Year!

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  13. Bernadette Louise SoubirousJanuary 2, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    I always look forward to your writings Fr. Mariano. They are in depth and give one much to contemplate on. I pray that your blog will be successful and that you will reach many others with your teachings.

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    1. Thanks, Bernadette! Yes, I, too, hope that my posts will reach the hearts of many people. I am hoping to write twice a month but it all depends on what I have time to do. I appreciate you supporting my ministry here. May God help me illumine, nourish and strengthen His people by my writings. Please tell your family and friends about my website. May you be blessed this New Year.

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  14. Thank you for this awesome meditation on our Lady's motherhood. Just to think of her brings great joy. How can we not love her, God Himself took comfort in her loving arms. I'm looking forward to more of your writings and meditations, Father Mariano.

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    1. Beautifully stated, Napoleon! She is God's Masterpiece of creation, His greatest creature and the humblest. Thanks so much for your thoughts! I hope to post twice a month if possible. May God be with you.

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  15. Thank you for your inspirational piece! I've been reflecting on the importance of Mary for the last few months, and this provides a new perspective.

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Good to know you found it inspirational. May God inspire you, through it, to honor His Mother more and more each day. You are in my prayers as you reflect in your heart the singular person and mission of Blessed Mary. It is nice hearing from you, Katie. Have a Happy and Holy New Year.

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  16. "TOTUS TUUS"..."I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart." St. Louis De Monfort,TRUE DEVOTION TO MAY! These words of this saint, are too ours! Friar Mariano, I am in awe; these inspirational teachings consume the very core of my being! "O Mary, conceived without sin; Pray for us who have recourse in thee. Amen+ You are her boy Jesus, indeed! Under the mantel of our Mother, I am... Maria Faustina of the Most Holy Eucharist better known as, Martha+

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