The Person of Mary: Knowledge©
The charts below are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents
concerning the theme, Mary's Knowledge. 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.
For an index of the documents used in the study see: List of Magisterial Documents
||V. The Person of Mary / 5c.
Humanness / Knowledge|
|Lumen Gentium, 1964
- They [Mary and Joseph] did not understand the words of their Son. 57
- pondered in her heart 57
|Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
- Entrusted with this precious life of her Child, Mary loved it, and defended it against all
dangers. She protected Jesus before and after He was born. 135
|Gaudete in Domino, 1975
- She grasped, better than all other
creatures, that God accomplishes wonderful things: His name is
holy, He shows his mercy, he raises up the humble, he is faithful to his promises. #
|Catechesi Tradendae, 1979
- She received from Him lessons that she kept in her heart. (cf. Lk 2:51) 73
|Dives in Misericordia, 1980
- Mary, then, is the one who has the deepest knowledge of the mystery of God's mercy. She
knows its price; she knows how great it is. 9
|Redemptoris Mater, 1987
- Mary knows she has conceived and given birth to him "without having a husband," by the
power of the Holy Spirit, by the power of the Most High who overshadowed her (cf. Lk. 1:35),
just as at the time of Moses and the Patriarchs the cloud covered the presence of God (cf. Ex.
24:16; 40:34-35; 1 Kings 8:10-12). Therefore Mary knows that the Son to whom she gave birth
in a virginal manner is precisely that "Holy One," the Son of God, of whom the angel spoke to
- She does not know him as the Father does; and yet she is the first of those to whom the
Father "has chosen to reveal him." (cf. Mt. 11:26-27; 1 Cor. 2:11) If though, from the moment
of the Annunciation, the Son - whom only the Father knows completely, as the one who begets
him in the eternal "today" (cf. Ps. 2:7) -was revealed to Mary, she, his Mother, is in contact with the
truth about her Son only in faith and through faith! 17
- [lived in same home, "knew" and yet] "And they (Joseph and Mary) did not understand the
saying which he spoke to them." (Lk. 2:48-50) Jesus was aware that "no one knows the Son
except the Father" (cf. Mt. 11:27); thus even his Mother, to whom had been revealed most
completely the mystery of his divine sonship, lived in intimacy with this mystery only through
|Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 2002
- Christ is the supreme Teacher, the revealer and the one revealed. It is not just a question of
learning what he taught but of "learning him." In this regard could we have any better teacher
than Mary? From the divine standpoint, the Spirit is the interior teacher who leads us to the full
truth of Christ. (cf. Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13) But among creatures no one knows Christ better than
Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of his mystery better than his Mother.
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