The Life of Mary: New Testament Elements©

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Documents VI. The Life of Mary 2a. New Testament elements:
Signum Magnum, 1967
  • We see her as...the dawn light of the New [Testament]. In her the "fullness of time" [Gal 4:4] came to maturity ... it was she who prayed longingly for the "consolation of Israel." [Lk 2:25-26] 25
  • The cult of praise, thanksgiving and love of the Blessed Virgin is fully in accord with the teachings of the Gospel. 35
General Catechetical Directory, 1971
  • full of grace (Lk 1:28) 68
Behold Your Mother (USA), 1973
  • Gospel of Luke: Mary is the perfect example of awaiting the Messiah with a pure and humble spirit. Luke sees in Mary the Daughter of Zion who rejoices because God is with her and who praises His greatness for pulling down the mighty and exalting the humble. 17
  • The bridge-role of Mary between the Old Testament and New, between expectation and fulfillment, ... is an integral element of the Gospel view of Mary. The "handmaid of the Lord" in St. Luke's infancy chapters, and the "woman" in St. John's Cana and Calvary narratives is at once the individual "Daughter of Zion," in whom Old Testament hopes are achieved, and the type of the Church, Bride of Christ, new mother of all men. 20
Marialis Cultus, 1974
  • [ liturgy ] 6
The VM in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation, 1988
  • Attention [to Mary and to her mission in the history of salvation] is already evident in some of the New Testament writings and in a number of pages by authors in the sub-apostolic age. 2
Gaudete in Domino, 1975
  • No one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord. The great joy announced by the angel on Christmas night is truly for all the people, both for the people of Israel then anxiously awaiting a Savior, and for the numberless people made up of all those who, in time to come, would receive its message and strive to live by it. The blessed Virgin Mary was the first to have received its announcement, from the angel Gabriel, and her Magnificat was already the exultant hymn of all the humble. #
Mulieris Dignitatem, 1988
  • The biblical exemplar of the "woman" finds its culmination in the motherhood of the Mother of God. The words of the Proto-evangelium - "I will put enmity between you and the woman" - find here a fresh confirmation. We see that through Mary - through her maternal "fiat," ... - God begins a New Covenant with humanity. .. Precisely because this Covenant is to be fulfilled "in flesh and blood," its beginning is in the Mother. Thanks solely to her and to her virginal and maternal "fiat," the "Son of the Most High" can say to the Father: "A body you have prepared for me. Lo, I have come to do your will, O God." (cf. Heb 10:5, 7) 19
Redemptoris Custos, St. Joseph, 1989
  • If, after her marriage to Joseph, Mary "is found to be with child of the Holy Spirit," this fact corresponds to all that the Annunciation means, in particular to Mary's final words: "Let it be to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38) 2
  • From the time of the Annunciation, both Joseph and Mary found themselves, in a certain sense, at the heart of the mystery hidden for ages in the mind of God, a mystery which had taken on flesh: "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (Jn 1:14) 15
  • While Mary's life was the bringing to fullness of that fiat first spoken at the Annunciation, at the moment of Joseph's own "annunciation" he said nothing; instead he simply "did as the angel of the Lord commanded him." (Mt 1:24) 17


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