Welcome to the Mary Book Website 

 

    Preface (February 11, 1991)

    Acknowledgement

    Introduction Mary Book

   

   Chapter One: Grace and Devotion to Mary

                          Prayer to the Dead

                          Purgatory

                          Indulgences

                          Grace and Tolerance

                          Different Religions

                          Openness to Devotion to Mary

    Chapter Two: Mary, Holy Objects and God

                          Holy Objects and Holy Places

                          Mary and the Saints

                          Arguments Against Devotion to Mary

    Chapter Three: Primary Teachings - Mary the Virgin

                          Virginity

                          Brothers and Sisters of Jesus

                          Sacred Tradition

                          Motherhood of Mary  

                          Free Will and Love of God 

    Chapter Four: Mary and Jesus   

    Chapter Five: Deeper Teachings -

                          Mary the Spouse of the Holy Spirit

                          St. Joseph the Husband of Mary

                          Apparitions

                          The Assumption or Resurrection

                                  of Mary                                    

                          The Immaculate Conception of Mary     

    Chapter Six: Teachings Not Yet Declared Dogmas -

                          Co-Redemptrix

                          Devotions to the Sacred Hearts of

                                 Jesus and Mary

                          The Tribulation and God's Mercy

                          Mediatrix of All Graces                     

                          Mary Our Advocate -

                                A Mediator with our Mediator    

    Chapter Seven: Final Thoughts and Reflections

                          Marian Devotions

                          Mary and the Charismatic Renewal

                          Salvation, Grace and the Baptism

                                 of the Holy Spirit

                          Spiritual Warfare and Mary

                          The Eucharist, Body and Blood

                                 of Jesus Made Present

                          Development of the Teaching on Mary

                                 and Church Unity

                          Hierarchy of Truths in Christian Faith

                          Fullness of Truth and Mary

                          Mary Essential for the New Pentecost

                          Consecration to Mary Individual and

                                 Group Consecrations

                          Litany of Mary's Faith Journey

      My Soul Magnifies the Lord Book (Search or Print)

 

              

Copyright, J. Roy MacIntyre 2009

 

 

Chapter 2
Mary, Holy Objects and God

In my late teens and early twenties I had difficulty in relating to God the Father. I now believe that was a result of difficulties in the relationship between me and my natural father when I was a child. Unfortunately, he died when I was nine years old and before we could sort this out in a meaningful way. Happily, over time, God healed me of the effects of this problem and as a result I now enjoy a loving and open relationship with God the Father and I feel very satisfied about my natural father as well.

My experience with devotion to Mary was quite different than what I experienced with God the Father. In fact, I did not have any problem with devotion to Mary and perhaps that was because I had a very good experience with my natural mother. However, I did go through a time of questioning about Mary's role, about praying before statues, about burning candles etc., but with God's help I was able to work through these issues as well.

I believe it was through God's grace and my effort in prayer, scripture reading and study that brought me to an understanding of Mary's role and the use of holy objects. As I was able to accept these practices into my spiritual life all my scruples gradually left and I began to realize that these devotions, rather than leading me away from God, were in fact, bringing me closer to Him. I then began to experience a new faith and a new freedom to live, love and trust God fully as His child.

Now, without reserve and without fear, I embrace Mary as my spiritual mother, knowing precisely that this is what God wants me to do, for His glory, the salvation of my brothers and sisters and my own reward. The more I find myself honouring, Mary, the mother, the more I feel myself drawing closer to Jesus, and to the Father, and in a special way to the Holy Spirit.

In the following sections, Holy Object and Places and Mary and the Saints, I will attempt to explain what I mean when I say that these devotions and praying to Mary and the saints bring me closer to God. However, what I am attempting to explain requires something more or different than logic. That something different has to do with the heart's ability to recognize the truth which then requires faith. You might say it is like the faith a child has in its parent when the parent tells something to the child, the child simply believes. No explanations are necessary. Therefore to really understand what is presented below one must have the heart of a child. Nevertheless, I will try to present these thoughts in a way that will give you the opportunity to hear and believe.