Within the earliest of Christian writings, we see Mary referred to by the title of Theotokos, which is Greek for “God-bearer.” This term is translated by St. Jerome into Latin as “mater Dei,” or “Mother of God.” We find Mary referred to in this way by Irenaeus (2nd century – 202), Hippolytus of Rome (170-235), … Continue reading Mary is the Mother of God
My last few posts have reflected on how as Catholics our understanding of Mary has been formed by Sacred Scripture and in particular the typology of the Old Testament. We understand she is the New Eve, the new Ark of the Covenant, the Queen of Heaven, the “woman” in Revelation 12 and has an intercessory … Continue reading The Marian Dogmas – an Overivew
From the “outside looking in” on Catholicism, our devotion to Mary can often seem to be a bit overboard. This can sometimes lead others to use Biblical texts to try to prove Jesus himself had distanced himself from Mary, thus proving we should not regard Mary as anyone special in Christ’s kingdom. I’ve had more … Continue reading Do Catholics Regard Mary too Highly?
Catholic theology has long understood Mary to be the queen in her son’s kingdom. In this post I spoke to how Mary is the woman in Revelation 12, and in this vision of John she is portrayed in heaven as a queen. Protestants in general reject this idea and are often quick to point out … Continue reading Mary as the Queen of Heaven