The Person of Mary: Human Development©

The charts below are direct quotes from Post-Vatican II Magisterial Documents concerning the theme, Mary's Human Development. 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
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Documents V. The Person of Mary / 5e. Humanness / Human Development
Lumen Gentium, 1964
  • faithfully persevered 58
Signum Magnum, 1967
  • her enduring and ardent love 19
  • Loyally and steadfastly she carried out her new role. 19
Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
  • the brave young woman who could face and accept the hidden future bound up with being Virgin Mother of the Messiah 143
  • [Cana] We see her quick grasp of the situation, her concern over the embarrassment of the young couple, her willingness to make compassionate intercession. "She was moved by pity, and her intercession brought about the beginning of miracles by Jesus the Messiah." (LG 58) 36
  • Because... Mother of all the living, ... guardian of the child in the womb, ... the child that enters this earth alive. More than any other person, the Blessed Mother understood that the beginning of human life is attributable to God's creative love, as well as to the parents' action. 135
Redemptoris Mater, 1987
  • [human dignity] In creating man, God gives him the dignity of the image and likeness of himself in a special way as compared with all earthly creatures. Moreover, in his desire to give, God gives himself in the Son, notwithstanding man's sin: "He so loved the world that he gave his only Son." (Jn. 3:16) Mary is the first witness of this marvelous truth, which will be fully accomplished through "the works and words" (cf. Acts 1:1) of her Son and definitively through his Cross and Resurrection. 27 [See also 45]
Redemptoris Custos, St. Joseph, 1989
  • In response to what is clearly the plan of God, with the passing of days and weeks Mary's "pregnancy" is visible to the people and to Joseph; she appears before them as one who must give birth and carry within herself the mystery of motherhood. 2


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