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THE THEOLOGICAL CERTAINTY OF MARY'S MISSION

Accepting the pronouncements of the ordinary magisterium, applying Father Emil Neubert's Mariological principle of analogy, and employing the regular criteria for orthodoxy found in Mary in Doctrine by Neubert, we may conclude that the Apostolic Mission of Mary is a doctrine which is theologically certain. We infer that Mary's Apostolic Mission to recapitulate all in Christ is identified with her other functions.

We affirm, then, as a doctrine based on Holy Scripture, contained in Tradition, and taught by the ordinary magisterium of the Church, that the Apostolic Mission of Mary, viewed in relation to her other functions and bound with them, is theologically certain.

In a general and implicit sense a teaching may be considered a part of the deposit of faith if it means the same as a particular doctrine of Catholic faith. Presently recognized as theologically certain, the Apostolic Mission of Mary may become a doctrine of faith if it is explicitly declared the equivalent of her Divine Maternity and her role of Associate in the Redemption.

Chaminade and Neubert were not engaged in devotional flights of fancy, but in sound theological exposition when presenting this teaching. They always viewed Mary's Apostolic Mission to complete the Redemption and to form the Mystical Body of Christ in the context of the redemptive Incarnation.

 
 
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DE MARIA NUMQUAM SATIS

Father Chaminade did not deal in aimless speculation and pious exaggeration. He insisted on a proper perspective in the study of Marian theology and a sound balance in the practice of Marian cult. Our Founder was solidly grounded in the mind and heart of the French School of Spirituality.

In his Notes d' Instruction, Father Chaminade explained clearly to his followers this proper perspective:

"We are accused of pompously eulogizing Mary and are blamed for the honor we render her. I do not refer to the impious, but to badly-instructed Christians who know not the gift of God in this miracle of His omnipotence. Can we really assert too much, do too much, provided we do not declare her equal to the Divinity, provided we make a distinction between her worship and that of the Divinity? What has God said of Mary? What has He done for her? He is our model."

 
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