Lumen Gentium 59

Readers today are reminded of the infalliable Marian doctrines. Remember that Christians have long held in faith the witness of grace in the Immaculate Conception and the Dormition/Assumption of Mary. These were not theological insights dropped from heaven in 1854 and 1950.

But since it has pleased God not to manifest solemnly the mystery of the salvation of the human race before He would pour forth the Spirit promised by Christ, we see the apostles before the day of Pentecost “persevering with one mind in prayer with the women and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and with His brethren”,(Acts 1, 14.) and Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation. Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all guilt of original sin,(Cfr. Pius IX, Bulla Ineffabilis 8 dec. 1854: acta Pii IX, I, I, p. 616; Denz. 1641 (2803).) on the completion of her earthly sojourn, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory,(Cfr. Pius XII, Const. Apost. Munificensissimus, 1 no. 1950: AAS 42 (1950) ú Denz. 2333 (3903). Cfr. S. Io. Damascenus, Enc. in dorm. Dei gcnitricis, Hom. 2 et 3: PG 96, 721-761, speciatim col. 728 B. – S. Germanus Constantinop., in S. Dei gen. dorm. Serm. 1: PG 98 (6), 340-348; Serm. 3: col. 361. – S. Modestus Hier., In dorm. SS. Deiparae: PG 86 (2), 3277-3312.) and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe, that she might be the more fully confimed to her Son, the Lord of lords(Cf Apoc. 19. 16) and the conqueror of sin and death.(Cfr. Pius XII Litt. Encycl. Ad coeli Reginam, 11 Oct. 1954: AAS 46 (1954), pp. 633-636; Denz. 3913 ss. Cfr. S. Andreas Cret., Hom. 3 in dorm. SS. Deiparae: PG 97, 1089-1109. – S. Io. Damascenus, De fide orth., IV, 14: PG 94, 1153-1161.)

But perhaps you would like to discuss them. If so, feel free.

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3 Responses to Lumen Gentium 59

  1. Rudy says:

    Original sin? There was never an Adam nor an Eve; so how can there be “Original Sin?”
    The Church needs to finally start facing what we know from science, namely that everything in the universe, including us, originated from one creative process, general evolution.
    There cannot be a “theological truth” that does not integrate truth gained by science; there can only ONE Truth.
    Rudy

  2. Todd says:

    Thanks for commenting Rudy. You raise a difficult point that might stand contrary to human experience.

    People have long noted that despite the best intentions of the intellect, the moral conscience, and even our physical bodies, we do things at odds with the ideals we hold.

    Christians traditionally attributed this to the Fall of Adam and Eve. That Fall was not a historical event as you and I understand it. But Adam and Eve were “true” human beings if not literal ones.

    As for science being a final arbiter of Truth, that also goes against the grain, as modern science has yet to prove concepts like faith, hope, or love. My love for my wife or daughter, for example, can’t be completely analyzed by my body chemistry having evolved from that of an animal clan’s self preservation instincts.

    Science gives us a lot, but it is no god.

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