Mary and Jesus Christ:
Mother of Jesus Christ: Mother as educator

The charts below are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Mother as educator. These teachings of the Catholic Church may prove useful to include in talks, in homilies or for research. For the full title and document data, click on the abbreviation code (for example, BYM leads you to the document, Behold Your Mother). This will also lead you to the complete document on this website or assist you in locating it elsewhere.

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Documents II. Mary and Jesus Christ / 2c. Mother as Educator
Signum Magnum, 1967
  • No human mother can limit her task solely to the procreation of new human beings; she must also undertake the task of nourishing them and educating them. So it is with the Blessed Virgin Mary. 9
Catechesi Tradendae, 1979
  • By a unique vocation, she saw her Son Jesus "increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor." (cf. Lk 2:52) As He sat on her lap and later as He listened to her throughout the hidden life at Nazareth, this son, who was "the only Son from the Father," "full of grace and truth,: was formed by her in human knowledge of the Scriptures and of the history of God's plan for His people, and in adoration of the Father. (cf. Jn 1:14; Heb 10:5; S. Th., III, Q. 12, a. 2: a. 3, ad 3.) 73
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • and educated him (cf. LG 57,61) 7
Veritatis Splendor, 1993
  • She raised him and enabled him to grow. 120
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994
Fidei Depositum, 1992
2599 The Son of God who became Son of the Virgin learned to pray in his human heart. He learns to pray from his mother, who kept all the great things the Almighty had done and treasured them in her heart.... (cf. Lk 1:49; 2:19; 2:51)

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