Chapter One: Grace and Devotion to Mary
Chapter Two: Mary, Holy Objects and God
Chapter Three: Primary Teachings - Mary the Virgin
Chapter Four: Mary and Jesus
Chapter Five: Deeper Teachings -
Chapter Six: Teachings Not Yet Declared Dogmas -
Jesus and Mary
A Mediator with our Mediator
Chapter Seven: Final Thoughts and Reflections
of the Holy Spirit
of Jesus Made Present
and Church Unity
Consecration to Mary Individual and
Litany of Mary's Faith Journey
© Copyright, J. Roy MacIntyre 2009
The diversity of religions in the world is certainly a result of the fallen nature of man, his weakness and his feeble efforts to understand his Creator. An individual's religion, therefore, will be a matter of grace built on nature. Nature includes the cultural, religious and familial environment in which the person grows and matures, as well as his genetic endowments and deficits. The grace of God normally works within these confines.
I wish to point out that the humble acceptance of our natural state with its joys and sorrows as well as our works of love can be an opportunity for God to bestow further graces upon us. This can be understood in Matthew 13:12, "To those who have, even more will be given," and in Luke 1:49, "He has filled the (spiritually) hungry with good things." These graces can be manifested in increased acts of charity, justice and natural virtue.
The Spirit of God can provide the grace for people to go beyond the natural confines of a person's life either through His direct intervention (revelation) or through the instrumentality of other humans (the practice and preaching of the Good News).
The greatest grace we can receive is conversion to the fullness of God's Truth in Jesus Christ. Not only is it an everlasting grace for the person but it brings God the greatest glory since through this grace the followers of Jesus are able to worship in Spirit and in Truth.
This latter point calls to mind the evangelical character of the Christian Faith and one that has a particular call to each of the faithful. In other words, each Christian can be an instrument of grace to bring the fullness of Truth to those limited within the confines of the natural order. Again it should be pointed out that God's grace operates in all people and therefore in all religions, for no good can be accomplished without the grace of God and God is constantly calling all people to Himself.
However, since every mortal human is limited by nature, the ability to communicate or to hear the Truth is thus limited as well. Even with the extraordinary grace of the baptism of the Holy Spirit or the kinds of conversion experiences that have touched many through the Marian and other movements, we still fail to give ourselves completely to God's grace on a daily basis.
Nevertheless, the greater we yield ourselves to God the more He can use us to bring the Good News of salvation to His people. Yet, we must always respect what sincere beliefs others may hold and therefore depend more on God to bring about conversion rather than on our own powers of persuasion.