On My Way to Durango/Ignacio Colorado

by Steve Ray on August 2, 2008

I am very pleased to again give a parish mission on St. Paul. I LOVE talking about Paul in the form of a Virtual Tour of the Life & Teachings of St. Paul. If you are in the area, hope to see you. Check my Schedule for more information.

Hopefully I’ll get time this weekend to¬†upload the Introduction I wrote to my Bible Study on Genesis which I wrote for CatholicScriptureStudy.com. I think you will like it because it is written in a fun and interesting manner. Stay tuned!

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deb August 3, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Hello! I have a blog in which I try and answer some questions about Catholicism. I have only been a convert a couple of years so creating the blog is a learning experience for me. My problem is that I wrote an article that I naively thought explained why Catholics believe that Mary is sinless but the comments from the Protestants who come to my blog sound confused. I am not certain where I went wrong. I know that you are very, very busy but if you, or anyone for that matter, has time could you swing by my blog, read the comments and explain where my explanation has gone wrong. I can write another article that is more clear but I need to know why my first one wasn’t clear(if that makes sense)

Barbara August 4, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Deb,

Anonymous wrote: “What is your biblical bases for Mary’s perfection?”

When the angel Gabriel addressed Mary, in the Greek it’s: “Caire, kecharitomene”.

The first word is translated as Hail, and is as we think of as ‘Hail Ceasar’. IOW, it’s a greeting reserved for the highest official, and is a royal greeting. It would never be a word used among equals, and it certainly was not a word that an angel of the most High God would use to address a 13 or 14 year old Jewish girl. So when the angel addresses her as a royal official, it’s saying volumes about who and what she is.

The second word comes from the root “charis”, which means grace. It is a part of speech that is a past perfect participle. It was a received action. She had received, in the past, a perfect state of grace, that is continuing up to the present, and which has no sign of ending.

Rather than use her name Mary, the angel in effect renamed her with a Royal title.

In case you haven’t checked it out yet, Steve has a page of writings that include several essays on Mary: http://www.catholic-convert.com/Default.aspx?tabid=83

Tom Nourse August 5, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Yes, “Caire, Kecharitomene” literally means, “Hail, She who has been perfected in Grace” which St. Jerome very thoughtfully translated to “Hail Full of Grace.” The angel addresses her as if “Full of Grace” is actually her name. I first heard of this from a tape by Tim Staples several years ago and point it out when I can…
Notice also, that once someone has been “perfected in Grace” it would not be very likely, nor I would argue “possible” to deviate.

As you note, it is not customary for an ArchAngel of the Most High God to address and perform obesience in front of a lowly human. He is in fact in the presence of the Queen of Angels and acts accordingly. To see how humans react to the presence of an angel, look at St. John’s reaction to seeing an angel. He immediately thinks the Angel is Jesus and does a nose-dive to the dirt in worship… The appearance of an Angel is such a dramatic presence that apart from a particular Grace from God, you’d not know who it is you are looking at.

Gabriel, though, knew who he was looking at.

Tom

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