Chapter 1

Chapter One Questions from the book Queen of Militants by Father Emil Neubert

1. What does devotion to Mary consist of? Explain.

2. Can you be a true disciple of Christ without loving His mother?

3. What does the state of grace consist of? What does St. Paul say about this? How does this pertain to the Blessed Mother?

4. Why does Christ desire that we live His filial piety toward Our Lady more and more? Who is the One who truly loves Her in us?

5.How do we best find Jesus? How do we best love Our Lady?

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  1. I looked forward to getting this book! It really gives much reference to Our Lady and her association with her Son in our redemption, all His graces come to us through her,that she is the Queen of heaven and earth as He is the King.

    My question is: The Sanctifying graces we receive from Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation, do these graces also come through Mary? I had never thought of this connection before, but I just came back from a funeral Mass, and with the solo of “Ave Maria” and being in the choir loft, easy to see Our Lady, it really made me want to concentrate on the Blessed Mother who brings us to her Son. The words of Mass and receiving the Holy Eucharist. make us want to be more Christ-like and therefore where Christ is, so is His Mother and vice-versa.

    I like this blog/communication by being able to ask questions and get answers as it allows us to grow in our faith.

    True devotion means for us… as Christ loved His Mother more than anyone or anything, so should we imitate Christ. Mary was granted more graces than anyone else,and she alone was born immaculately, preserved from all inperfections and glorified in heaven even in her body as He Himself is.

    .We must love Mary, Christ’s Mother. Christ told us, “I have given you an example, that as I have done, so you also should do.” (John 13:15).. Mary is our Mother to love and cherish.

    The state of grace is Christ in us making us live His life. St. Paul, “It is now no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20). It now is Christ who loves Mary in me, when we are filled with graces. The Body and Blood of Christ living in us, makes us Christ-like. We become imitators of Christ..

    .So we may love Mary as He Himself loved her. We should strive to live His filial piety toward His Mother more perfectly so we may love Mary as He did.

    . We find Jesus through Mary. She is my Mother, and I can pray Novenas, Rosaries, build shrines,in her honor to better know her and communicate with her..

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    1. Church documents and papal writings speak clearly. The Second Vatican Council states that “the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adiutrix, and Mediatrix” (Lumen Gentium 62). ***Council refers to Pope St. Pius X, who said that Mary is the “dispensatrix of all the gifts and is the ‘neck’ connecting the head of the mystical body to the members. But all power The flows through the neck” ***(Ad Diem Illum 13).

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  2. Church documents and papal writings speak clearly. The Second Vatican Council states that “the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adiutrix, and Mediatrix” (Lumen Gentium 62). ***Council refers to Pope St. Pius X, who said that Mary is the “dispensatrix of all the gifts and is the ‘neck’ connecting the head of the mystical body to the members. But all power The flows through the neck” ***(Ad Diem Illum 13).

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  3. 1. Devotion to Mary consists of loving Our Lady the way Christ loves her. He told us, “I have given you an example, that as I have done, so you also should do” (John 13:15)
    2. You cannot be a true disciple of Christ if you do not strive to imitate His filial love for His mother.
    3.The state of grace is Christ in us making us live His life. St. Paul wrote, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) When I love Mary, it is no longer I who love her, but it is Christ who loves her in me.
    4. Christ desires that we live more and more fully His life. To do this, we should strive to love Mary as He Himself loved her. We bring Him great joy when we strive to be for Mary what He Himself was for her.
    5. We best find Jesus when we participate in His filial piety for His Mother.

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  4. Ultimately, the essential element in True Devotion to Our Lady, is being so focused on God Alone, so surrendered to the Holy Spirit, and so possessed by Christ that it is Him who, “continues to love His Mother through us, and He wishes to love Her and to make Her loved more and more is us and through us.” All else is imperfection because it would be coming from us, who are imperfect, rather than God, dwelling within us loving Mary perfectly.

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  5. Second reading
    From a homily on Ecclesiastes by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, bishop
    There is a time to be born, and a time to die

    There is a time to be born and a time to die. The fact that there is a natural link between birth and death is expressed very clearly in this text of Scripture. Death invariably follows birth and everyone who is born comes at last to the grave.

    There is a time to be born and a time to die. God grant that mine may be a timely birth and a timely death! Of course no one imagines that the Speaker regards as acts of virtue our natural birth and death, in neither of which our own will plays any part. A woman does not give birth because she chooses to do so; neither does anyone die as a result of his own decision. Obviously, there is neither virtue nor vice in anything that lies beyond our control. So we must consider what is meant by a timely birth and a timely death.

    It seems to me that the birth referred to here is our salvation, as is suggested by the prophet Isaiah. This reaches its full term and is not stillborn when, having been conceived by the fear of God, the soul’s own birth pangs bring it to the light of day. We are in a sense our own parents, and we give birth to ourselves by our own free choice of what is good. Such a choice becomes possible for us when we have received God into ourselves and have become children of God, children of the Most High. On the other hand, if what the Apostle calls the form of Christ has not been produced in us, we abort ourselves. The man of God must reach maturity.

    Now if the meaning of a timely birth is clear, so also is the meaning of a timely death. For Saint Paul every moment was a time to die, as he proclaims in his letters: I swear by the pride I take in you that I face death every day. Elsewhere he says: For your sake we are put to death daily and we felt like men condemned to death. How Paul died daily is perfectly obvious. He never gave himself up to a sinful life but kept his body under constant control. He carried death with him, Christ’s death, wherever he went. He was always being crucified with Christ. It was not his own life he lived; it was Christ who lived in him. This surely was a timely death – a death whose end was true life.

    I put to death and I shall give life, God says, teaching us that death to sin and life in the Spirit is his gift, and promising that whatever he puts to death he will restore to life again.

    ……death to self to have Christ fully alive within. True Devotion is Christ loving Mary dwelling within us. No Mother, no Son. Where the Son is there is the Mother, too. You can’t have one without the other.

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  6. 1. What does devotion to Mary consist of? Explain.
    Devotion to Mary consists of fully loving her like Christ did. “I have given you an example, that as I have done, so you also should do.” It causes Him joy that we love her.

    2. Can you be a true disciple of Christ without loving His mother?
    No you are not able to be a disciple if you cannot imitate His filial love for His mother.

    3. What does the state of grace consist of? What does St. Paul say about this? How does this pertain to the Blessed Mother?
    “It is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me.” That in a state of grace is Christ in us making us live His life. So when I love Mary, it is no longer I who love her, but it is Christ who loves her in me.

    4. Why does Christ desire that we live His filial piety toward Our Lady more and more? Who is the One who truly loves Her in us?
    So that we may love Mary as He Himself loves her. We cause Him joy by striving to love her, like He Himself did.

    5.How do we best find Jesus? How do we best love Our Lady?
    We find Jesus best in the filial love for His mother and we love her best through filial love.

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