Friday, July 20, 2007

Defending the Immaculate Heart

"The_Expositor" (from the HCR forum) asked a question about consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which initiated the following short exchange:
Can one of the Catholic forum members please explain this to me?:
A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home.
Amen.
--Venerable Pope Pius XII
What exactly do you not understand?
Well, this particularly stood out to me:
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
Can you explain to me what Mary's designs for the world are and how would one come to know this? Is their any biblical support for Mary even having any designs for the world?
Mary's designs are Jesus' designs. Since she is without sin, her will is perfectly aligned with His will. She will never want anything for us that Jesus does not want for us. So, as you come to know Jesus' will for your life, you come to know Mary's will too. We are all called to unite our wills to Christ. Mary is a prime example of a creature fulfilling this task (as are all the saints in heaven).

As for proof of Mary having designs for the world, this is more a logical deduction than anything that comes from an explicit Scripture passage. If Jesus' has designs for the world, and Mary's will is aligned with His, then it follows from this that Mary has these same designs for the world.
Where does the title Queen of the World come from? Who bestowed such an honor upon Mary? Outside of the Catholic tradition, creeds, etc., what support would one have for calling Mary the Queen of the World?

And why ask her to rule over man? And if she is the Queen, and Christ is the King, how does that work. Usually the Queen's son would be the prince, right?
The following excerpt from an article by Wibisono Hartono answers your question:
In the Davidic kingdom (or Judah), the gebira [Hebrew word for "queen mother"] played an important role and she had power and influence. King Solomon, the bible recounts, was the first King to seat his mother, Bathsheba, at his right hand (1 Kings 2:19). Solomon's half brother, Adonijah, requested Bathsheba to speak on his behalf to King Solomon (1 Kings 2:13-18). The verse indicates the role of the gebira as mediator to the King. King Asa removed Maacah, his mother, because she abused her power (1 Kings 15:13). On the death of her son (King Ahaziah), Athaliah did not want to lose her power and had all her grandsons murdered (2 Kings 11:1). One survived and later became King Joash (2 Kings 11:2, 12). The name of most Davidic kings' mother is always mentioned after that of the king (1 Kings 14:21; 15:2, 9; 22:42; 2 Kings 8:26; 12:2; 14:2; 15:2, 33; 18:2; 21:1, 19; 22:1; 23:31, 36; 24:8, 18). From Jeremiah 13:18 we know that both King and Gebira had crowns, indicating their power.

The New Testament tells us that Jesus will be given the kingdom of David and his Kingdom will have no end (Luke 1:32-33). His Kingdom is in heaven and it exists on earth in His Church. Therefore, it logically follows that Mary, His mother, naturally becomes the Gebira of the New Testament. This is the reason why Catholics believe that she is the Queen of Heaven. Like the Gebira in Jeremiah 13:18, she also has crown in heaven. Furthermore, the Church understands that the woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and crowned with twelve stars (Revelation 12:1) refers to Mary.

One of the Messianic Psalms applied to Christ is Psalms 45:6-7, which is cited in Hebrews 1:8-9. Coincidentally, Psalms 45:9 also mentions the Queen who sits at His right hand in gold of Ophir. While the Hebrew word for queen in this verse is shegal, to Catholics this verse also refers to the Queenship of Mary in heaven.
We see from this that the queen had a type of rule in the kingdom too, and that it was actually the mother of the king who was the queen in the Davidic kingdom.
I also hear a lot that Mary's conception was immaculate, and that she remained sinless her entire life. I think this is echoed throughout this prayer. If that's the case, then why did Mary call Jesus her saviour?
Luk 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
Luk 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Why would a sinless woman need a Saviour?
Because it was God who saved her from the stain of original sin and, consequently, any actual sin. If it were not for His intervention, Mary would have been a sinful creature like the rest of us.

I hope that helps.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

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