Commentary – What About Mary? “All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” – By a soul

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COMMENTARY:
PART ONE: What About Mary?
“All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God”

By a soul
(Friday, May 8, 2020, Month of Our Blessed Mother)

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for Protestant Christians when considering Catholicism is Our Heavenly Queen, the Blessed Virgin Mary. I believe that it is fairly easy to accept that the Mother of Jesus is Our Spiritual Mother, too, if you carefully consider the passage in Sacred Scripture where on the Cross, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is entrusting St. John the Apostle with the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. How St. John the Apostle is representing spiritually all future Christians who are being adopted into the Divine Family with the Blessed Virgin Mary being the Spiritual Mother of All Christians. I also believe that it is fairly easy to accept the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Greatest Intercessor among the angels and saints in Heaven. How, just as we can ask people on earth to pray for us; likewise, we can ask the angels and saints in Heaven to pray for us—with the Blessed Mother being our closest advocate—friend—among the Communion of Saints in Heaven.

However, the biggest stumbling block for Protestant Christians is when they consider the bible verses, Romans, Chapter 3, Verse 23, and First Letter of Saint John, Chapter 1, Verse 8. Here they are:

Romans 3:23

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

1 John 1:8

“If any man says he has no sin he is a liar and the truth is not in him.”

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Well, in this commentary, I want to address the biblical rationale for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, because I believe that every Catholic needs to be able to defend Our Heavenly Queen and Our Blessed Mother. Please note that I do not consider myself to be a biblical scholar, so I am not an theology expert in Christian apologetics, but I wanted to do this writing, because I am one of the types of people who learns through writing (if you have not noticed yet). So, this writing is very much for me as for you, my dear followers of MaryRefugeOfSouls, so we can learn together how to interpret Sacred Scripture regarding these bible verses. This is also a first part writing, as I plan to do a second part writing on the Immaculate Conception—which will be much lengthier as I consider Divine (Private) Revelation. But, for this first writing, I am just considering the Holy Bible and how we, Catholics, should answer these probing questions about how Saint Paul said, all have sinned, etc.

Chiefly, please understand, that there is a major difference between how Catholics and how other Christians define sin. Catholics (and I can include our Orthodox brothers and sisters in this understanding, too) define sin into different types (or categories) before God. Firstly, there is Original Sin and there is Actual Sin. Then, there are two types of Actual Sin, which are Personal Sin and Communal Sin. And of Personal Sin, it can be broken down into Venial Sin and Mortal Sin. Also, both Personal Sin and Communal Sin consist of either Sins of Commission and Sins of Omission.

Now, if you are a devout Catholic who often attends the Sacrament of Confession, I believe that you would understand what I just wrote about the different types of sin and have an idea of their respective definitions. But many other Christians (Protestants and even ill-informed Catholics) lump all types of sin together and it is because they do not recognize the different distinctions of sin, that the world is in trouble with God’s Divine Justice. Especially, when it comes to recognizing communal sin, because many people only want to take responsibility for themselves (if that), but the thought that everybody’s sins might also has societal effects and repercussions is fiercely opposed by our mainly individualistic Western culture. But, that is an issue for a wholly different commentary than this one.

But, it is only because Catholics define sin into different types (or categories) before God that other Christians can even begin to understand the meaning of what Saint Paul wrote when he said, “all have sinned,” etc., in the context of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary—the Catholic belief that the Blessed Virgin was preserved from Original Sin from the moment of Her Conception and that She remained Sinless throughout Her entire life on earth. (Original Sin is the sin that mankind inherited due to the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden).

Now, let’s unpack what Saint Paul the Apostle wrote. Firstly, when Saint Paul stated that “all have sinned”, he was referring to Actual Sin—the type of sin that a person commits once he or she reaches the age of reason (about 7 years old). There are actually millions of people that this biblical verse does not apply to. They are millions of people who have not reached the age of reason—the age when they know the difference between right and wrong for their actions—and have died. They consist of unborn babies and young children. Also, persons with mental disabilities such as severe retardation are incapable of sinning before God. Such individuals are incapable of knowing the difference between right and wrong, and so, they cannot be included in Saint Paul’s statement that “ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” If Saint Paul wanted to state that everyone is conceived in Original Sin, then he would have written the bible verse differently. But, that would also be a falsehood, because we know that both Adam and Eve were originally created immaculate as well as Our Lord, Jesus Christ—who was like us all except in sin as Sacred Scripture teaches. So, is it really a stretch to realize that Our Heavenly Queen was conceived immaculate due to the future merits of Her Divine Son, Jesus Christ? Because “all” must not mean “all of mankind” if there are millions of exceptions to this statement that all have sinned.

So, clearly, Saint Paul was referring to Actual Sin and not Original Sin. And so, now, the question then becomes, if the Blessed Mother could have been conceived immaculate, did She commit any Personal Sin during Her lifetime?

Well, we find the answer in the Salutation—the Greeting that the Archangel Saint Gabriel gave to the Blessed Virgin Mary when he approached Her at the Annunciation. In the Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 1, Verse 28, Saint Gabriel said to the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you”, from which we can understand that Mary had the Spirit of God dwelling within Her in the fullest sense of the word. We can also infer that “full of grace” means that she did not lose any graces from the time of Her conception in Her mother, Anne’s womb. Although some Christians may counter saying that in the next verse it says that Mary was greatly troubled by the Salutation, suggesting that perhaps She knew that She was not sinless, but that would be a false interpretation. The reason that Mary was troubled was because Saint Gabriel was announcing to Her a new Name—a new title for which She is be called and recognized by the generations. Saint Gabriel did not simply say, “Hail, Mary”, or “Hail, Joe”, or “Hail, Anne”, as any other person would be greeted by another person by their name. Saint Gabriel announced a new Holy Name for Our Blessed Mother, just as other important people in the history of salvation have had their names changed by God in Sacred Scripture. Saint Gabriel was announcing the new Holy Name for the Blessed Mother by which She is to be known as the Immaculata, or Sinless One, before God. And so, in Her humility, Mary was greatly troubled because of this title, this honor, bestowed to Her by the angel, until Saint Gabriel reassured Her that She had found favor with God.

Now, I want to address the final Bible verse that Protestant Christians counter with to deny the Sinlessness of Our Beloved Queen. In the Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 1, Verses 46-47, the Blessed Mother says these words as part of Her Magnificat or Canticle to God, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” And so, some Christians may contend that Mary would have never said that God was Her Savior if She was truly sinless, because She would not need any savior at all. Well, ironically, in this day of the coronavirus, the easiest way to explain to non-Catholics that Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is indeed the Savior of Our Blessed Mother as well, is to liken Original Sin to an infectious disease. While the rest of humanity becomes tainted with Original Sin as part of their conception, the Blessed Mother received the vaccine before everyone else, and so, was never infected. And so, Jesus Is very much indeed the Savior of Our Blessed Mother because She was “saved” ahead of time in this way by God.  For the chief reason that Our Lord needed the purest vessel to be conceived in—the Immaculate Womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary—such is the Supreme Holiness of Our Lord.

In conclusion, although Sacred Scripture does not address directly whether the Blessed Mother remained sinless throughout Her entire life—after the Annunciation happened—I am able to discern from private revelation, that at the moment of the Annunciation, the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, was spiritually joined to the Immaculate Heart of Our Beloved Queen. And so, from that joining, Her soul was raised to such a high state of grace with God, that Her free will became incapable of committing any possible sin against God. Truly, Our Blessed Mother’s Fiat, or ‘Yes’ to the Incarnation of Her Divine Son in Her Womb was the last possible chance when the Blessed Mother could have conceivably fallen out of grace with God. After Their Two Hearts were joined together, the free will consciousness of the Blessed Virgin Mary was so elevated and enraptured and embodied in the essence of and Glory of God, She could no longer fall. Such was the reward for Her ever-faithfulness to God. Her free will since Her birth had increasingly evolved and became so entwined with the Divine Will of God that it became annihilated in God to the point where She wholly lived for God alone and His Will manifest in the world.

I hope that I explained that right, as some things are too mystically beyond my capability of understanding and explaining adequately this side of Heaven. I understand it in my heart, but using human words can be inadequate at times with mystical concepts. Anyways, I do plan to write a Part Two relying on private revelation to explain the Immaculate Conception of Our Beloved Queen, but that is for the future. Meanwhile, my hope is that this particular commentary will benefit those who have been challenged to understand and explain the Immaculate Conception from a biblical viewpoint. God bless!

In Christ’s Love,
—a soul

RELATED COMMENTARIES:

Why it is Okay for All People to Ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to Intercede for Them – By a soul https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/2016/08/17/why-it-is-okay-for-all-people-to-ask-the-blessed-virgin-mary-to-intercede-for-them/

The Heavenly Gifts – A Commentary By a soul https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/invitation-to-become-a-child-of-mary/the-heavenly-gifts/

Special Commentary – Why Must Mankind Undergo the Great Tribulation? – By a soul https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/2020/05/01/special-commentary-why-must-mankind-undergo-the-great-tribulation-by-a-soul/

ALSO SEE:

Invitation To Become A Child Of Mary
https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/invitation-to-become-a-child-of-mary/

God the Father – “Children, realize that the greatest threat to humanity, these days, is not the coronavirus and its deadly effects – It isn’t even war”

Holy Love Ministry
http://www.holylove.org

May 8, 2020

Once again, I (Maureen) see a Great Flame that I have come to know as the Heart of God the Father. He says:

“Children, realize that the greatest threat to humanity, these days, is not the coronavirus and its deadly effects. It isn’t even war. The greatest threat to mankind is and always has been the lack of love in hearts. The lack of love in hearts results in man’s distancing himself from My Divine Will. This is the doorway to the acceptance of sin and ultimately the love of evil.”

“The soul who does not love Me above all else and neighbor as self, replaces that Holy Love with the evil love of the world and a disordered love of self. It is necessary in today’s world that mankind takes into account where his present-moment decisions are leading him. If he does not, he may be surprised by his place before Me or away from Me in Eternity.”

Read Ephesians 5:15-17+

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

+ Scripture verses asked to be read by God the Father. (Please note: all Scripture given by Heaven refers to the Bible used by the visionary. Ignatius Press – Holy Bible – Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition.)

Three Videos – Who Are You? Your Identity in Jesus Christ as a Beloved Child of God

In this world full of antagonizing and competing voices, it is very easy to lose our sense of identity and to forget how important and valuable we are to God. That each of us is a beloved child of God, heirs to the Divine Throne of God and vast Kingdom of Heaven, after our life’s sojourn here on earth. Our identity–our self-worth–is found in recognizing who we are in relationship to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, because apart from Him, we are nothing. It is because of Jesus and His Selfless Sacrifice on the Cross that each of us finds our true meaning and our purpose for living. So, we cannot lose sight of this–each of us is “chosen” by God the Father to be part of His Divine Family if we say ‘yes’ to His invitation for salvation through His Divine Son, Jesus.

Yesterday, I listened to the homily on EWTN by Father John Paul Mary in which he spoke about our identity being found in Jesus Christ. It really resonated with my heart and so, I am sharing the video on this blog, MaryRefugeOfSouls, because it really is so easy to lose sight sometimes about what it means to be a Christian and to live the Christian walk. It is so important to not listen to all the negative and self-defeating voices that try to tell us that we are worthless and insignificant–the lies of the enemy of humanity–satan–the devil. No, those lies are not true at all. Each of us, are in fact, very special to God, but we must remember to always anchor our faith in Jesus–because the core expression of our identity is found in relationship to Him and no one else. If we do not know Jesus, then we do not know ourselves and we will not understand our purpose in life, which makes it doubly hard when we are undergoing trials in life. It is easy to know who we are during calm times, but less so, during troubled times, if we forget who we are in Christ Jesus. That is why I am sharing the homily video, because I found it to be a good reminder for who I am and I hope it will be a good reminder for you as well.

Finally, I wanted to comment about Psalm 139, Verse 17. In it, God reveals to us that His thoughts about each of us are as countless as the sands on the seashore. This is not about counting the hairs on our head, but truly, His thoughts about us in each moment of our lives is numberless. I was reminded about this the other day when I found out that each cell of our body undergoes a million different processes every second and our physical body are comprised of millions upon millions of cells. So, truly, when a person ponders how much God thinks of each of us just to keep us physically alive, it is amazing. Just simply on a biological level, how countless are God’s thoughts towards us. And as Sacred Scripture tells, how much more valuable are each of us than a bird like a sparrow to God? We, who are made in the image and likeness of a Creator God Who loves us in infinite and unimaginable ways? God bless everyone!

I love you,
–a soul

Video – 5-7-20 Daily Bible Readings and Homily – Your Identity in Christ as a Child of God (27:34 minutes)

Video – You Are A New Creation (1:35 minutes)

Video – One Person (1:10 minutes)

Jericho Prayer March Update – Invitation to (Re)-Consecrate Ourselves on May 13, 2020 to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Update (5-12-20):
Schedule of Online Masses for Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady – May 13, 2020  https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/2020/05/11/schedule-of-online-masses-for-consecration-to-the-immaculate-heart-of-our-lady-may-13-2020/

Also see:

May 13, 2020 – Consecration Prayer To The Immaculate Heart Of The Blessed Virgin Mary – As Given To Luz de Maria  https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/2020/05/13/may-13-2020-consecration-prayer-to-the-immaculate-heart-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary-as-given-to-luz-de-maria/

Jericho Prayer March Update – Invitation to (Re)-Consecrate Ourselves on May 13, 2020 to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessings beloved ones,

As many of you know, since last February 2019, there has been a grace-filled prayer movement called the Jericho Prayer March that has swept the world. It originally started with heavenly messages given to two chosen messengers, an American and a Canadian, and it involved praying a complete Holy Rosary (all 4 Mysteries) for 7 consecutive days with the intentions of breaking down the evil walls enclosing hearts, especially those in governmental leadership. Thousands of people participated last year and early this year during times of particular trouble, as the world was brought several times to the brink of physical war. I fully credit the prayers said as part of the Jericho March for maintaining peace, as a mystic priest was told that nuclear war was prevented last year (2019) due to the power of the Most Holy Rosary. And I know that hundreds upon hundreds of people participated by prayer in January 2020 to prevent an imminent nuclear threat between Iran and the USA, which was amazing to be a part of the movement. Clearly, Heaven relied on those many rosaries (many people participated multiple times) to maintain the tenuous peace that currently exists in the world today.

See this link for the history of heavenly messages involving the Jericho Prayer March:  https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/tag/jericho-prayer-march/

Also see related:
July 4, 2019 Prophecy – Thank You for your prayers of mitigation on the nuclear attack https://maryrefugeofsouls.com/2019/07/04/july-4-2019-prophecy-thank-you-for-your-prayers-of-mitigation-on-the-nuclear-attack/

Well, beloved ones, as many of you also know, the Jericho Prayer March really resonated in the hearts of our Latin American brothers and sisters. Starting with an initial group of 300 prayerful people, it quickly grew to over 2,000 people, then several thousand more, every time the Jericho Prayer March was led in Latin America. And witnessing the phenomenal growth would make me teary-eyed to know that so many people in Latin America deeply cared about my beloved country, the USA, that they would pray multiple times for peace and our continued freedom. Truly, our brothers and sisters in Latin America have blessed the world by their devotion to Our Lady and their love of God and fellow mankind.

Well, in this post, I am honored to share with you all, the followers of this blog, MaryRefugeOfSouls, an invitation from Our Queen of Heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, to consecrate ourselves for the first time (or renew our consecration) to Our Lady of Fatima, Her Immaculate Heart, on May 13, 2020. Father Hector Ramirez is organizing the Consecration in Latin America, which has many thousands of participants, and would like to welcome thousands more of devotees to Our Lady to participate. Here is his website which is dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima and the Jericho Prayer March: https://materfatima.org/

In particular, the Blessed Virgin Mary asked for ALL Her children to participate on the Consecration this May 13, 2020, as She desires to “Seal” each of Her children for the difficult times ahead through our guardian angels. I am including the complete heavenly message below for each person’s consideration. Also the Blessed Mother asked if Her children would sing the Ave Maria of Fatima to honor Her special day and the gift of the Seal.

In addition, a wonderful confirmation of this heavenly message was the recent message from Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to Luz de Maria. On May 3, 2020, Jesus said these words:

“CHILDREN OF MY MOTHER, PRAY AND PREPARE TO CONSECRATE YOURSELVES TO MY MOTHER, FULLY AWARE OF THE INFINITE VALUE OF CONSECRATION TO HER IMMACULATE HEART, AND BE DISPOSED TO RECEIVE THE SEAL AS MY FAITHFUL, AT THE TIME WHEN MY WILL ARRANGES IT.”

And so, I hope that many followers of this blog, MaryRefugeOfSouls, will participate in union with our brothers and sisters in Latin America this May 13th as the Blessed Mother desires that we make it a “special day” for Her and us. If you would like more information on how to do a consecration to the Blessed Mother, you can find out more on https://materfatima.org/ which is available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. God bless!

In Christ’s Love,
–a soul

MESSAGE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN TO AN INSTRUMENT

VISION AND INVITATION, GIVEN BY OUR IMMACULATE MOTHER, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

I see Her very sad crying, it is tremendous, Her Tears run down Her Cheeks she does not stop crying, She loves us so much but Her Divine Son has been so offended that the times of Purification of this humanity can no longer be reversed. * REPARATION IS URGENT TO THE BLESSED TRINITY AND TO OUR MOTHER. *

SHE GIVES US A GIFT AND CONFIRMS IT TODAY IN THE MORNING, I FEEL A CHOIR OF PEOPLE… .. THIS SONG REACHES MY EARS…. *

AVE, AVE, AVE MARÍA …… AVE, AVE, AVE MARÍA THE GOOD NEWS THAT THE ANGEL GAVE, RECEIVED YOUR CHILDREN SINGING IN A VOICE… .. AVE, AVE, AVE MARÍA. *

It was very beautiful to hear this Choir.

*MESSAGE:*

* MY CHILDREN: * The time of the arrival of My Son to redeem you is soon, * this is a Time of Faith of Hope and Trust in Him, He has been so offended, that is why the days of suffering of the Humanity have been shortened this is the Time of Victory, also a time of Union in all areas, starting with the family, a time of PRAYER, PENANCE AND FASTING. *

* MY CHILDREN: * I am gathering My Warriors, and Apostles of the Last Times, I call you now to prepare, it will be our Triumph and Mine, that of the Holy Trinity, and yours, I will be Proclaimed together with My Son, we will all be In union with Heavenly Father, now more than ever, * I invite you to constant Prayer, I call you to Consecrate yourselves to My Immaculate Heart and that of My Son. Seek safe havens our Two Hearts.

It is Time to Seal the Children of God, one day May 13, 1917, I came to Fatima, and now I am with you all.

* I HAVE GIVEN MY DAUGHTER PERMISSION TO MAKE THIS CALL. *

*On May 13, 2020, you must Consecrate or Renew your Consecration, ALL My children, from wherever you are, * go to a Parish, a Church, or to the Blessed Sacrament or in a Grotto where My Image is, where there is Prayer, or in your Home make an Altar light a candle and have an image of Me and of the Sacred Heart.*

* SEND YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL TO FATIMA SO HE CAN BRING ME YOUR CONSECRATION AND I WILL SEND YOU YOUR SEAL WITH HIM. YOUR ANGEL, WILL SEAL YOU IN THE FRONT AND IN THE HAND! *

* My children, SHARE THIS INVITATION, *

* It is Time to Seal all the Children of God, DO NOT wait until the end, hopefully there will be many who will Consecrate themselves that day, where there will be many Miracles, with Faith and Trust in GOD, everything is achieved.*

* CHILDREN:* You must ALWAYS carry the Two Most Powerful Weapons, THE ROSARY AND THE CROSS OF MY SON, must be used daily attached to your body, remember it is a Time of Spiritual Struggle, what happens now in the World is a Battle between good and evil, * I HOPE YOU ALL PRAY THE ROSARY, MEDITATE ON THE LIFE, PASSION, DEATH, AND RESURRECTION OF MY SON, IT WILL GIVE HIM GREAT JOY AND WILL FILL YOUR SOULS WITH HAPPINESS.

* Make this May 13th special. *

SING THAT DAY WITH JOY AND JOY IN THIS SONG OF THE AVE MARÍA, MAY THERE BE MANY IN THIS CHOIR AND IT WILL REACH HEAVEN.

HAIL MARY IMMACULATE, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN
HAIL MARY IMMACULATE, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN
HAIL MARY IMMACULATE, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN
AMEN

Song: Ave Maria of Fatima