Mary, model in faith
The great privilege which she enjoyed, as the immaculate Mother of Christ, does not make her an exception to the basic law to which every Christian on earth is subject the gradually maturing spiritual life of faith. According to the fundamental law, applicable to Mary and to every Christian, faith is nourished by contact, in belief, hope and love, with the living reality of salvation....
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Mary, Mother of believers
Mary is the mother of believers in the sense that Abraham is called the father of believers. Abraham inaugurated the old covenant (Gen 17: 1-27) by an act of ﬁat which recalls the ﬁat of Mary at the dawn of the New Testament.
Mary is invited to repeat the act of faith such as that of Abraham the father of believers. God who had reconciled sterility and motherhood in Sarah and in Elizabeth, can reconcile in Mary both virginity and motherhood:...........
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Mary’s faith was tested
Mary is the ﬁrst believer; her greatness consists in the greatness of her faith. She was subject to all the obscurities, doubts, and fears to which all of us, the lowest and the highest, are subject. But she believed, and blessed is she for her believing. There were hard moments for Mary, but she believed. She shines forth as the exemplar of faith. She constantly kept her faith at all times and situations, to do the will of God in all things......
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A Characteristics of Mary’s faith
Mary’s faith is ﬁrst of all an act of submission: Here I am! Since all is the grace of God it is natural that she renders all thanks to God in offering her entire being. Her faith is also an act of obedience: “I am the handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1:38). Mary enters into God’s plan, accepts her formidable vocation and task of being the Mother of God. With this magniﬁcent service she also accepts the distress of an abnormal situation of being a virgin mother who will have to bear the criticism of her immediate relatives, and the confusion of Joseph her husband (cf. Mt 1: 18-21). All this is accepted in perfect obedience to the will of God. Mary does not discuss or reason it out but commits herself to her Master.......
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Mary, Exemplar Of Faith
"Luke 1:28 And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you."
Luke 1:29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Luke 1:30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Luke 1:31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
Luke 1:32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, 11 and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,....