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To: Mad Dawg

Here is a few more you might enjoy.
University of Dayton has a wonderful Mary page that is linked many Vatican Documents


I wish you a Blessed day!

5 posted on 09/10/2007 6:37:12 AM PDT by stfassisi ("Above all gifts that Christ gives his beloved is that of overcoming self"St Francis Assisi)
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To: stfassisi
From my alleged POV, this co-redemption stuff is not necessarily so highly mystical as the author suggest. Which tells me I'm probably missing something important.

I would go with the line from Colossians (I think) where Paul says he makes up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ.

Now that is pretty far out, and, it seems to me, at the basic theology level it is meaningless because NOTHING is "lacking" in the sufferings of Christ. His merit is all-sufficient, etc.

But still,l there are opportunities galore to choose to suffer for someone else's good. From a soldier who is killed laying down covering fire while his comrades change position to a young man getting up on a bus and offering his chair to an older person, to the closing of the book and turning toward one's child as he or she shares some important but incomprehensible crisis about what Jimmy said about his G.I.Joe doll or something of the kind -- all these are setting your comfort aside to enter, share, and relieve someone else's pain.

To me, entering into the suffering of Christ is, at one level, something so common we hardly note that it's being done.

But at another level, if you ask God to let you take somebody else's pain, and a few hours later you find that for no good medical reason every joint in your body hurts, maybe it's just arthritis, but, well maybe you need to thank God for hearing and honoring your prayer.

And finally, as the "locked-in" young man suddenly grasps the "miraculous medal" you just put in his hand, even though he used to be a Vajrayana Buddhist, you begin to wonder that maybe your depression, offered up, has joined with Mary's sorrows and Christ's suffering to work the opening of a soul.

I don't know, but that's the way it seems to me.

52 posted on 09/10/2007 10:32:19 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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