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    the course of her earthly life was finished was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death 508 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians In giving birth you kept your virginity in your Dormition you did not leave the world O Mother of God but were joined to the source of Life You conceived the living God and by your prayers will deliver our souls from death 509 she is our Mother in the order of grace 967 By her complete adherence to the Father s will to his Son s redemptive work and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit the Virgin Mary is the Church s model of faith and charity Thus she is a preeminent and wholly unique member of the Church indeed she is the exemplary realization typus 510 of the Church 968 Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience faith hope and burning charity in the Savior s work of restoring supernatural life to souls For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace 511 969 This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate Helper Benefactress and Mediatrix 512 970 Mary s function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ but rather shows its power But the Blessed Virgin s salutary influence on men flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ rests on his mediation depends entirely on it and draws all its power from it 513 No creature could ever be counted along with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer but just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by his ministers and the faithful and as the one goodness of God is radiated in different ways among his creatures so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source 514 II DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN 971 All generations will call me blessed The Church s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship 515 The Church rightly honors the Blessed Virgin with special devotion From the

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    Church Mother of the Church 963 Since the Virgin Mary s role in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit has been treated it is fitting now to consider her place in the mystery of the Church The Virgin Mary is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer She is clearly the mother of the members of Christ since she has by her

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    apostles and several women we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation 507 also in her Assumption 966 Finally the Immaculate Virgin preserved free from all stain of original sin when the course of her earthly life was finished was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death 508 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians In giving birth you kept your virginity in your Dormition you did not leave the world O Mother of God but were joined to the source of Life You conceived the living God and by your prayers will deliver our souls from death 509 she is our Mother in the order of grace 967 By her complete adherence to the Father s will to his Son s redemptive work and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit the Virgin Mary is the Church s model of faith and charity Thus she is a preeminent and wholly unique member of the Church indeed she is the exemplary realization typus 510 of the Church 968 Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience faith hope and burning charity in the Savior s work of restoring supernatural life to souls For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace 511 969 This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the

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    Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church also in her Assumption 966 Finally the Immaculate Virgin preserved free from all stain of original sin when the course of her earthly life was finished was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death 508 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians In giving birth you kept your virginity in your Dormition you did not leave the world O Mother of God but were joined to the source of Life You conceived the living God and by your prayers will deliver our souls from death 509 Notes 508 LG 59 cf Pius XII Munificentissimus Deus 1950 DS 3903 cf Rev 19 16 509 Byzantine Liturgy Troparion

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    000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church she is our Mother in the order of grace 967 By her complete adherence to the Father s will to his Son s redemptive work and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit the Virgin Mary is the Church s model of faith and charity Thus she is a preeminent and wholly unique member of the Church indeed she is the exemplary realization typus 510 of the Church 968 Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience faith hope and burning charity in the Savior s work of restoring supernatural life to souls For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace 511 969 This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate Helper Benefactress and Mediatrix 512 970 Mary s function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ but rather shows its power But the Blessed Virgin s salutary influence on men flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ rests on his mediation depends entirely on it and draws all its power from it 513 No creature could ever be counted along with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer but just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various

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    Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church II DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN 971 All generations will call me blessed The Church s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship 515 The Church rightly honors the Blessed Virgin with special devotion From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of Mother of God to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs This very special devotion differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit and greatly fosters this adoration 516 The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer such as the rosary an epitome of the whole Gospel express this devotion to the Virgin Mary 517 Notes 515 Lk 1 48 Paul VI MC 56 516 LG 66 517 Cf Paul VI MC 42 SC 103 English

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    looking to Mary In her we contemplate what the Church already is in her mystery on her own pilgrimage of faith and what she will be in the homeland at the end of her journey There in the glory of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity in the communion of all the saints 518 the Church is awaited by the one she venerates as Mother of her Lord and as her own mother In the meantime the Mother of Jesus in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come Likewise she shines forth on earth until the day of the Lord shall come a sign of certain hope and comfort to the pilgrim People of God 519 IN BRIEF 973 By pronouncing her fiat at the Annunciation and giving her consent to the Incarnation Mary was al ready collaborating with the whole work her Son was to accomplish She is mother wherever he is Savior and head of the Mystical Body 974 The Most Blessed Virgin Mary when the course of her earthly life was completed was taken

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    Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ who died for our sins and rose for our justification so that we too might walk in newness of life 522 978 When we made our first profession of faith while receiving the holy Baptism that cleansed us the forgiveness we received then was so full and complete that there remained in us absolutely nothing left to efface neither original sin nor offenses committed by our own will nor was there left any penalty to suffer in order to expiate them Yet the grace of Baptism delivers no one from all the weakness of nature On the contrary we must still combat the movements of concupiscence that never cease leading us into evil 523 979 In this battle against our inclination towards evil who could be brave and watchful enough to escape every wound of sin If the Church has the power to forgive sins then Baptism cannot be her only means of using the keys of the Kingdom of heaven received from Jesus Christ The Church must be able to forgive all penitents their offenses even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives 524 980 It is through the sacrament of Penance that the baptized can be reconciled with God and with the Church Penance has rightly been called by the holy Fathers a laborious kind of baptism This sacrament of Penance is necessary for salvation for those who have fallen after Baptism just as Baptism is necessary for salvation for those who have not yet been reborn 525 II THE POWER OF THE KEYS 981 After his Resurrection Christ sent his apostles so that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations 526 The apostles and their successors carry out this ministry of reconciliation not only by announcing to men God s forgiveness merited for us by Christ and calling them to conversion and faith but also by communicating to them the forgiveness of sins in Baptism and reconciling them with God and with the Church through the power of the keys received from Christ 527 The Church has received the keys of the Kingdom of heaven so that in her sins may be forgiven through Christ s blood and the Holy Spirit s action In this Church the soul dead through sin comes back to life in order to live with Christ whose grace has saved us 528 982 There is no offense however serious that the Church cannot forgive There is no one however wicked and guilty who may not confidently hope for forgiveness provided his repentance is honest 529 Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to anyone who turns away from sin 530 983 Catechesis strives to awaken and nourish in the faithful faith in the incomparable greatness of the risen Christ s gift to

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