Nitong mga nagdaang araw, nakahiligan ko magdownload at makinig ng audio ng talk ng Catholic, Orthodox at Protestants. Pinag-aaralan ko yung mga itinuturo nila tapos pinagkukumpara ko.
Nagkataon naman na nakapakinig ako talk ng isang pastor na ang pangalan ay Colin Smith tungkol kay Mama Mary. Ang title ng talk ay “How Mary’s Son Became Her Savior”. Since he is a Protestant, inaakala ko na magkakaroon ng reference yung talk niya sa Catholic teachings about Mary tapos saka niya bibirahin. Pero wala. At ang ganda ng mga sinabi niya about Mama Mary in relation to Jesus of course.
Ito yung unang talk ng isang Protestante about Mama Mary na walang reference from the Catholic viewpoint. Wala ring anything against Catholic teachings. Although may mga hindi ako sang-ayon sa sinabi niya (at napakakonti ng di pagsang-ayon na iyon) gusto kong ibahagi sa inyo ang audio na ito ni Ptr. Colin Smith.
Itong talk na ito ay bahagi ng reflections niya about Seven Last Words. Masyado pang maaga para sa Holy Week pero maganda rin naman kung pakikinggan na.
It’s a good start for Protestants who almost hate the Mother of Our Lord because of misconceptions about Catholic teachings about Her.
At para sa kaalaman ng mga hindi Katoliko, hindi itinatanggi ng Simbahang Katoliko na nangailangan ang Mahal na Birheng Maria ng Tagapagligtas at ang Tagapagligtas na ito ay ang Panginoong Jesu-Cristo.
Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God,134 was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854:
- The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.
The “splendor of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son”. The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love”.
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 491-492