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The Profession of Faith

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“Mary’s function as mother of men in no way obscures or dimin-

ishes 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.”

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“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.”

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II.

D

evotion

to

the

B

lessed

V

irgin

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“All generations will call me blessed”

: “The Church’s devo-

tion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.”

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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 incar-

nate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and

greatly fosters this adoration.”

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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

III.

M

ary

—E

schatological

I

con of

the

C

hurch

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After speaking of the Church, her origin, mission, and

destiny, we can find no better way to conclude than by 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,”

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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

513

LG

60.

514

LG

62.

515

Lk

1:48; Paul VI,

MC

56.

516

LG

66.

517 Cf. Paul VI,

MC

42;

SC

103.

518

LG

69.

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