On the first day of the calendar year, the Church celebrates The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This day honors the Blessed Virgin Mary under the aspect of her motherhood of Jesus. With her great “yes” to the Divine Will, Mary effectively reverses the negative trajectory caused by the great “no” of the world’s first woman, Eve. Today’s episode of the Word on Fire Show discusses how Mary, the Mother of God, represents the New Eve who ushers forth the New Adam, the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. The listener question asks about the perpetual virginity of Mary.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  Introduction: Bishop celebrates the Virgin of Guadalupe in Los Angeles
  • 5:08 – Why is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God so important
  • 7:02 – What is the controversy behind calling Mary “The Mother of God”?
  • 9:40 – Why were people parading through the streets when Mary was named “Theotokos”?
  • 11:05 – How does Mary compare to Eve?
  • 14:13 – What is the theological foundation for reverencing Mary?
  • 16:10 – Was Mary aware of her role in salvation history?
  • 18:16 – How should we understand the Angel’s words to Mary, “Hail, full of grace”?
  • 19:40 – How is Mary the first disciple?
  • 21:03 – How should we respond to Protestants or those who say that we ought not reverence Mary?
  • 22:40 – Question from listener: What is the necessity of the Marian doctrine regarding Mary’s perpetual virginity?

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7 comments on “WOF 055: Mary, The New Eve

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  2. michelle j Dec 27, 2016

    God bless you Bishop

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  3. Jun Abejo Dec 28, 2016

    Stitcher link is less than a minute long only. FYI.

  4. Responding to your Ask Bishop Barron question with utmost faith in the Church and her wisdom — why can’t Mary be a spiritual mother to so many while also having that particular relationship to motherhood/sex in that way?

    My husband and I have discussed her perpetual virginity as a response to the fullness of complete fulfillment in her fiat, motherhood of Christ, and spouse to both Joseph and the Holy Spirit.

  5. Was Mary the first one that angel Gabriel went to?

  6. Brenda Guagliano Jan 7, 2017

    Thank you! Please continue your intelligent Evangelical work!