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Do whatever he tells you
Posted By Eric Sammons On October 21, 2009 @ 3:32 pm In Ecumenism,Our Lady | Comments Disabled
There is no question that one of the biggest divisions between Catholicism and Protestantism is the role of the Virgin Mary in God’s plan of salvation. When I was an Evangelical I didn’t understand why Catholics made such a fuss about Mary; she seemed to me to be a somewhat insignificant player in the drama of Christ’s life, one who was brought out every Christmas and then packed away until next year with the ornaments and candles.
As I drew closer to the Church, I put Mary on the back-burner. I knew I would have to deal with her sooner or later, but I figured I would deal with other items like purgatory, the role of the saints, papal authority, and the Eucharist first. But I always knew I would eventually have to settle in my mind what was Mary’s role in God’s divine plan. Eventually, I came to see her as essential to the redemption of mankind and the mother of disciples everywhere.
Fortunately, today there are Evangelicals who are taking seriously the role of Mary. Just a few weeks ago, the group Evangelicals and Catholics Together released a joint statement in which they discuss Mary  and where they disagree and agree regarding her. I am fortunate to know one of the members of this group (Fr. Francis Martin) and it was fascinating to hear him talk about the document’s progress. They are involved with real ecumenism at ECT and we should pray for their ongoing efforts. Be sure to read the document on Mary linked above; it is worth the time and effort.
Our Lady, seat of wisdom, pray for us!
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 Evangelicals and Catholics Together released a joint statement in which they discuss Mary: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2009/10/do-whatever-he-tells-you-the-blessed-virgin-mary-in-christian-faith-and-life
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