Monday, April 04, 2011

Msgr. Calkins at the Oratory

Msgr. Arthur B. Calkins
“Marian Coredemption
and Mediation”
Saturday, April 9, 11 AM
On Saturday, 9 April 2011 in the church hall,, Monsignor Arthur B. Calkins, chaplain of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, will present an introduction to the Virgin Mary’s role as the Redeemer’s most intimate collaborator in the work of our salvation and sanctification. Msgr. Calkins wrote for us a summary of his talk:
“In the course of two millennia and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Catholic Church has come to an ever more focused understanding of the person and role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.  The first Marian dogma to be solemnly declared was that Mary is in fact the Theotókosthe God-bearer or Mother of God.  Subsequently the Church reached the certitude that Mary is ever Virgin:  that she was a virgin before, during and after giving birth to Jesus.  After centuries of debate the Catholic Church arrived at the assurance that Mary was immaculate from the first moment of her conception.  Finally in 1950, after ascertaining the Church’s long held belief, the Venerable Pius XII formally defined that the Virgin Mary was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.
All four of these dogmas refer to the person of Mary in relation to the God-man, Jesus Christ.  But Catholics believe even more about Mary than these profound mysteries regarding her person.  They also believe that she played and continues to play an entirely unique role in the work of our salvation.  In the course of the second millennium saints and theologians have been meditating, preaching and writing about Mary’s collaboration in the work of redemption and in the distribution of grace while for over one hundred fifty years the Popes have teaching about her maternal role. “


Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
2653 Ohio Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri  63118
Telephone:  (314) 771-3100
FAX:  (314) 771-3295

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