Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Michael Terheyden

5/28/2010 (6 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Imagine holding a diamond and rotating it between your fingers so you can examine its overall shape, its facets and its brilliant display of light... Being full of grace, we can say that Mary radiates brilliance like a diamond. And while only a rough comparison, we can also compare her names to the facets of a diamond.

The Woman in the Bible whose seed is destined for mortal combat with the serpent (Gn 3:15).

The Woman in the Bible whose seed is destined for mortal combat with the serpent (Gn 3:15).

Highlights

By Michael Terheyden

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/28/2010 (6 years ago)

Published in Christian Saints & Heroes


KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - It may seem unnecessary and confusing, but each one of her names sheds more light on her true identity and helps us to know her and better appreciate her. In order to illuminate this point, perhaps we can use a diamond as a comparison. Imagine holding a diamond and rotating it between your fingers so you can examine its overall shape, its facets and its brilliant display of light. The facets are the angular cuts on the surface of a diamond, and they are responsible for the reflection of light within it. The brilliance of a diamond is directly related to the number and angle of these facets. Being full of grace, we can say that Mary radiates brilliance like a diamond. And while only a rough comparison, we can also compare her names to the facets of a diamond. Of course, her many names do not cause her brilliance, but they do help us see her brilliance. Perhaps we can experience this if we take a brief look at some of her names. Mary is the Woman mentioned in the beginning of the Bible whose seed will be in mortal combat with the serpent (Gn 3:15). And she is the Woman mentioned at the end of the Bible who is with child, clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head (Rev12:1), the Ark of the Covenant (Rev 11:19). She is also the Daughter of Zion, the Jewish maiden who remained faithful to the Old Testament Covenant and helps usher in the new and eternal Covenant. The most fundamental and best known name for Mary is Mother of God, that is, Mother of Jesus, the God-man, the King and Redeemer of the world. This title shows us that she holds a singular relationship to God which is unique among all other creatures. To understand this relationship, one of the things we need to recall is that her motherhood is of a spiritual nature as well as a physical nature. Her other names and titles flow from these fundamental facts. For instance, Mary's relationship to Jesus and his role as king, introduces us to her title of Queen Mother. According to a tradition of the Davidic kings, their mothers became queens of the Kingdom. As such, they had access to the king and were able to intercede for the people of Israel. Thus, Mary is our Advocate. It was Mary who interceded for the couple at the Wedding of Cana (Jn 2:1-10), prompting Jesus to perform his first known miracle and begin his public ministry. Due to Jesus' role as redeemer and Mary's unity with his work, she has received the name of Co-redemptrix. By God's grace, she gave us our Redeemer in the flesh at the Annunciation by freely giving her "yes" (Lk 1:38). At the Presentation, Simeon prophesied that Mary would suffer in union with her son, that a sword would pierce her heart (Lk 2:25). And at Calvary, Mary offered her Son to the Heavenly Father in perfect obedience to His will as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Since Jesus is the source and author of all grace and Mary, freely cooperating with God's plan, gave Jesus to the world and uniquely participated in the acquisition of the graces he won for us, she also participates in the distribution of these graces in a wholly unique way. This means that all of the graces we receive come through Mary. For these reasons, she is also called the Mediatrix of All Graces. Thus, in a very real sense, Mary is truly "full of grace" (Lk 1:28) and far more brilliant than any other created being.  Yet, Mary is not distant. She is also our Mother. As the fullness of grace made it possible for Mary to bring the One who is life itself into the world, the fullness of grace also makes it possible for Mary to help bring us to eternal life. In other words, as the Mother of God, Mary gave birth to both the physical body of Jesus and his Mystical Body; as our spiritual mother and through her role as Mediatrix of All Graces, she is able to give birth, nourish and form us in the Mystical Body of Christ, which is the Church, such that we too radiate Christ's light. Mary has a multitude of names, and each one sheds more light on her identity. Although we have not looked at many examples, the ones we have looked at are bursting with light and, like the facets of a diamond, reflect her brilliance; so that we can see who she truly is and better appreciate her. ------ Michael Terheyden was born into a Catholic family, but that is not why he is a Catholic. He is a Catholic because he believes that truth is real, that it is beautiful and good, and that the fullness of truth is in the Catholic Church. However, he knows that God's grace operating throughout his life is the main reason he is a Catholic. He is greatly blessed to share his faith and his life with his beautiful wife, Dorothy. They have four grown children and three grandchildren.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Christian Saints & Heroes

Quotes of the Saints - Five saints have a message for you on this Thanksgiving holiday Watch

Image of Let us remember to give thanks for this day the Lord has made.

By Marshall Connolly, (California Network)

If you are an American, today is Thanksgiving. Hopefully today you have made a point to attend Mass and to give thanks to God for all His blessings. If you are not American, today's holiday is a reminder that God deserves thanks from all His creation. We pray you will ... continue reading


St. Ignatius of Antioch: Model of Bravery, Man for our Times Watch

Image of One of many icons of St. Ignatius of Antioch

By Billy Atwell

In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch.  St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the ... continue reading


St Francis Through the Eyes of His Friend St Bonaventure Watch

Image of Francis of Assisi in prayer

By Deacon Keith Fournier

There is so much to write about in this marvelous account of the life of one of my own personal heroes, the saint whose witness led me back to the Church, Francis of Assisi. However, I will focus on one aspect of Bonaventure's tribute to Francis. He was his ... continue reading


A Promise to God: St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle Watch

Image of Michael is also represented in icons as standing on a horizontal body and with his left arm held high, holding a small image of a

By Youngsun Jun

Though I am not strong enough to hold the suffering souls in my arms and carry them home, I can do one thing: I can pray for the deliverance of the souls who are in the darkness. I can request help from the angels for them. I can make a 911 call for them. So again, I ... continue reading


The Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: Archangels and Powerful Spiritual Allies Sent by Love and for Love Watch

Image of

By Deacon F. K. Bartels

The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us - The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition (328). Charged by God to ... continue reading


My Memoir of St. Padre Pio: Price of Suffering and Beatification by the Brush of Grace

Image of Padre Pio in death.

By Matt Hicks

Miraculous testimony of an elite level gymnast touched by Padre Pio: 'Pio, like all the saints, is like the window-washer that scales tall buildings to clear away the muck and allow us to see His luminous rays aflame. God sends them, as He pushes us forward, ... continue reading


Which is it? Saint Teresa of Calcutta or Mother Teresa of Kolkata Watch

Image of The icon of Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

There is confusion over the proper title of Mother Teresa. Her name is appearing in the media as both "Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta" and "Mother Teresa of Kolkata," sometimes written with the word "Mother" and sometimes without. Which is correct? LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


The saints are real and active in our lives! Saint Padre Pio intercedes on behalf of baby with critical heart condition Watch

Image of Saint Padre Pio has been credited with intercession that saved the life of baby Caitlin Dooley.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The saints are real and active in our lives. This is more obvious than ever following the miraculous recovery of a baby in an Irish intensive care unit. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A relic of Saint Padre Pio has been credited with a dramatic improvement in ... continue reading


Clare of Assisi as Model: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Calls for Women of Courage to Renew the Church Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In her convent of San Damiano, Clare heroically practiced the virtues that should characterize all Christians: humility, a spirit of piety and penance, and charity.  Her fame of sanctity and the prodigies that came about thanks to her intervention led Pope ... continue reading


Fr. Paul Schenck on Edith Stein: Daughter of Israel, Daughter of the Church Watch

Image of St. Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, Edith Stein, Catholic feminist, philosopher and martyr of Auschwitz: Throughout her life, Edith never renounced or denounced her Jewish identity. Rather, as demonstrated in her memoir, her participation in Jewish customs at home, her letter to the Pope and in her correspondences, she spoke of her Jewish roots as intrinsic to her self-identification, to her views and even to aspects of her vocation

By Fr. Paul Chaim Benedicta Schenck

August 9 is the Memorial of St. Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, Edith Stein, Catholic feminist, philosopher and martyr of Auschwitz. In this sketch, Fr. Paul Chaim Benedicta Schenck, Jewish born priest and Chair of the National Pro-Life Center (Washington, DC), examines the ... continue reading


All Christian Saints & Heroes News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 11:1-10
1 A shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse, a new shoot will grow from ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
1 [Of Solomon] God, endow the king with your own fair judgement, the son ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 3:1-12
1 In due course John the Baptist appeared; he proclaimed this message in ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 15:4-9
4 And all these things which were written so long ago were written so ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 4th, 2016 Image

St. John of Damascus
December 4: Saint John Damascene has the double honor of ... Read More