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
Every gift and grace that God has given to each of us is given for the purpose of giving glory to God alone. Like the rain that falls on the earth, first watering then bringing forth growth, it does not return to the heavens void (see Is 55:10-11). So it is with God's gifts, they are meant to bring forth appropriate fruit and return glory to God.
All of God's gifts are like the Gift of God, the Holy Spirit and as such give testimony to our Lord Jesus Christ (see Jn 15:26). As long as the activity of a gift gives testimony to Jesus we can be assured that it is from God. In like manner, all the gifts God has given Mary (",for He who is mighty has done great things to me." Lk. 1:49) and Mary herself as gift to the beloved disciple ("Woman behold your son… behold your mother" Jn 19:26-27) give testimony to Jesus.
It seems clear then, that every gift, glory and grace God has bestowed on Mary is given for the purpose of preparing and pointing the way to Jesus as she herself says, "Do whatever He tells you (Jn 2:5)." Jesus, then in turn manifests to us the Heavenly Father. In this way, our study of Mary and her role in God’s plan of redemption for the human race is meant to bring us to her Son, Jesus and through Him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.
This presentation on the role of Mary is based on the traditional doctrines concerning Mary, their scriptural correlates and the need for and the development of these teachings in the pilgrimage of the People of God down through the ages. My goal is to point out and in some limited ways show that in God's plan Mary is necessary for Christians to come to a true knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ, and indeed of the Most Holy Trinity. In this respect, Mary might be seen as a kind of optical lens that helps bring more clearly into focus the nature and attributes of God. This, of course, does not deny that people come to a knowledge of Jesus without a full knowledge of Mary and her role in God's plan of redemption, but that through her we come to Him more perfectly and surely, the way God intends.
The Holy Spirit uses Mary, as I hope to show, to teach us more perfectly about God, to bring us closer to Him and to help us be more pleasing to Him. It should become clear as one reads this work that even those who do not appreciate Mary's role, yet believe in Jesus, have received this gift of the knowledge of Jesus through Mary. This may seem like an exaggeration or an overstatement at this point but its simple truth will reveal itself here following.
The people of God of Old Testament times have been saved by Jesus Christ without their having had a personal knowledge of Jesus in this life. The people of God of New Testament times are saved by Jesus Christ through their knowledge and commitment to Him. Therefore, New Testament saints can be seen to have come to God more perfectly than the saints of the Old Testament. This can be seen in Jesus' words about St. John the Baptist, although he was the greatest man born of woman he was less than the least in the kingdom of God (Mt 11:11). In a similar way, the people of God today can come to a more perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ by knowing fully how God employed the Blessed Virgin Mary in His plan of Redemption. They reach this knowledge by coming to understand the implications of God using Mary to teach us about Himself. Therefore, these saints of today can be seen to come to God most perfectly through Mary. I trust this simple truth will become clear through the pages of this book on Mary. She is a marvellous gift from God to all Christians.