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    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

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Copyright, J. Roy MacIntyre 2009

 

 

Different Religions

The diversity of religions in the world is certainly a result of the fallen nature of man, his weakness and his feeble efforts to understand his Creator. An individual's religion, therefore, will be a matter of grace built on nature. Nature includes the cultural, religious and familial environment in which the person grows and matures, as well as his genetic endowments and deficits. The grace of God normally works within these confines.

I wish to point out that the humble acceptance of our natural state with its joys and sorrows as well as our works of love can be an opportunity for God to bestow further graces upon us. This can be understood in Matthew 13:12, "To those who have, even more will be given," and in Luke 1:49, "He has filled the (spiritually) hungry with good things." These graces can be manifested in increased acts of charity, justice and natural virtue.

The Spirit of God can provide the grace for people to go beyond the natural confines of a person's life either through His direct intervention (revelation) or through the instrumentality of other humans (the practice and preaching of the Good News).

The greatest grace we can receive is conversion to the fullness of God's Truth in Jesus Christ. Not only is it an everlasting grace for the person but it brings God the greatest glory since through this grace the followers of Jesus are able to worship in Spirit and in Truth.

This latter point calls to mind the evangelical character of the Christian Faith and one that has a particular call to each of the faithful. In other words, each Christian can be an instrument of grace to bring the fullness of Truth to those limited within the confines of the natural order. Again it should be pointed out that God's grace operates in all people and therefore in all religions, for no good can be accomplished without the grace of God and God is constantly calling all people to Himself.

However, since every mortal human is limited by nature, the ability to communicate or to hear the Truth is thus limited as well. Even with the extraordinary grace of the baptism of the Holy Spirit or the kinds of conversion experiences that have touched many through the Marian and other movements, we still fail to give ourselves completely to God's grace on a daily basis.

Nevertheless, the greater we yield ourselves to God the more He can use us to bring the Good News of salvation to His people. Yet, we must always respect what sincere beliefs others may hold and therefore depend more on God to bring about conversion rather than on our own powers of persuasion.