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Mary & the God of Goodness

mary.mother.of.jesus.01God is the source of all creation and he is infinitely good. There is no comparable evil deity. Satan is merely a fallen angel, a creature no longer empowered by grace. His rebellion has rendered him perpetually handicapped and disfigured. Out of spite he sought to extend his self-destruction, but God gave our first parents the promise of mercy and redemption. This hope is realized in Christ who is the Son of God and the Son of Mary. Evil is a privation, the absence or loss of a good, notably the life and favor of God. Another term for this favor is grace. Mary has what Satan and all the devils and damned can never have— the life-giving gift of grace. All who accept Jesus in faith as their Savior can have a share in this divine life and abide in the hope of their salvation. It should also be noted that while salvation means union with Christ and solidarity with Mary and the saints; damnation does not imply any kind of friendship or genuine fellowship with Satan and the devils. There can be no true unity or community among the damned, at least none that would bring consolation or solace.

When we look to Mary we find someone filled with God’s presence and deeply in love with him. Love always brings forth life. This was true at her Annunciation when the Incarnation began. It was also true in the Resurrection and Mary’s Assumption when love proved stronger than death.

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