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preparation for becoming the Mother of God the Son. Jesus is her Savior, too!
(CCC 490-493, 508) 4. Unlike Eve, Mary always said “yes” to God. Therefore we call her the New Eve, the “true Mother of all the
living”. Mary is the perfect disciple of Jesus Christ and our model. At the wedding feast of Cana, Mary asks Jesus
to supply for the needs of the couple. Mary’s words to the stewards also help us: “Do whatever He tells you”
(John 2:1-12) (CCC 2618). 5. Mary offered her prayer to God in response to the words of the Angel Gabriel: “Behold I am the handmaid of the
Lord; let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). During the course of her earthly life, she loved
God so much that she always said yes to Him. Mary never sinned. (CCC 490, 494, 494) 6. Mary is the Mother of Jesus. Jesus is God the Son. Therefore, Mary is the Mother of God. Mary was with Jesus
when He was crucified, suffering with Him. 7. Jesus gave Mary to us to be our Mother at the foot of the Cross. She is also the Mother of the Church (CCC 963).
“Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your Mother.” 8. Jesus gave Mary to us as our Mother to love and care for us. Mary loves us very much. We should love her as
Jesus did and pray to her every day for help and guidance. Mary is the perfect “pray-er”. We can pray with her and
to her. Mary will keep us from sin and lead us to her loving Son and our Savior. (CCC 964, 967-969, 2679) 9. When Mary’s life on earth ended, she was taken up body and soul into Heaven (the Assumption). Mary continues
to pray (intercede) for us her children and always leads us to Jesus. “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by
her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this
reason she is a Mother to us in the order of grace” (CCC 968) 10. It is important to study the life of Mary because she loves Jesus with all her heart. Furthermore, Mary teaches us
about Jesus our Savior. We can ask Mary to pray for us as she is the Queen of all Saints. Mary never fails those
who go to her in prayer. (CCC 2618)
11. A saint is a person who came to know and love God, lived a life close to Jesus and is united forever with Him in
Heaven. Just as we are able to ask friends and family members to pray for us, we can ask the saints in Heaven to
pray for us. (CCC See glossary for the definition of a saint, 867, 2030)
12. The Church canonizes certain saints to present them to us as role models (heroes/heroines). The saints teach us by
the example of their lives how to follow Jesus faithfully.
13. The process by which the Church officially declares someone to be a saint is known as canonization. This process
has many stages and usually takes years. The person is first declared a Servant of God, and then is beatified or
declared Blessed, before being canonized a saint. A canonized saint is a person who practiced heroic virtue and
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2013 for the course RELIGION Religion taught by Professor Hansel during the Fall '13 term at Pacelli High School, Stevens Point.
- Fall '13