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Old Jul 28, '13, 3:46 pm
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Default Re: Should we capitalize pronouns in reference to the Mother of God?

Originally Posted by Remember_Me View Post
This is an interesting topic. I rarely hear anything about Mary at church except during the Christmas season.
And that is ONE of several tragedies of Protestantism (coming from a former Protestant). Actual Grace is dispensed through the Blessed Mother, and to ignore Her, to rebuff Her, is to ignore and rebuff spiritual treasure. I was stunned to learn what i was missing, as a Protestant. Even to learn that the father of Protestantism, Martin Luther, rejected NONE of the original Church's teachings on Mary. I will continue to capitalize Her pronouns...She simply cannot be given too much honor.
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Old Jul 29, '13, 2:49 am
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Default Re: Should we capitalize pronouns in reference to the Mother of God?

I have never seen pronouns capitalized that refer to the Virgin Mary before going on this thread and I have been around a long time. I suspect most of the people here who say they have seen it saw nouns rather than pronouns capitalized, which is inoffensive. People for example speak of the President. You ought rather to capitalize pronouns only when it comes to God.
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Old Jul 29, '13, 10:14 am
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Default Re: Should we capitalize pronouns in reference to the Mother of God?

I have a particular personal reason why the capitalization of pronouns when not grammatically correct (as in the start of a sentence) gives me an allergic twitch no matter who the pronoun refers to. I do, however, capitalize all titles as that is proper grammar. And, no, I am not a grammar police type of person. It's just the pronoun thing which gets me for, as I said, personal reasons. And I do love our Lady with all of my heart, with or without capitalizing any pronouns referring to her.
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Old Jul 29, '13, 10:21 am
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Default Re: Should we capitalize pronouns in reference to the Mother of God?

Originally Posted by R_C View Post
It is better to err on the side of excessive devotion than on the side of irreverence...
Oh, it's not so much as excessive devotion (which is, however, part of my irritation), as it is misuse of the written language. I can even just barely tolerate capitalized pronouns (and I only do so because it has become custom) with reference to God simply because in English, pronouns are not capitalized unless they begin a sentence or are part of a title. There's nothing irreverent about using lowercase pronouns to refer to God, much less our Lady.

So yes, this irritates me because:

1. It is an affront to English and I am a language nerd; and
2. It's excessive devotion and nothing excessive is good.

P.S. though: this post is about me, and I do not imply condemnation for those who do.

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