I was reading Anne Catherine’s passion and I think I came across a passage that said the church is the new Eve I thought Mary is the new Eve.
She is…but, can it be…both?
I haven’t read Blessed Anne Catherine’s Dolores Passion…do you have a link?
Mary is the Mother of the Church, its perfect pattern and its ultimate realization and fulfillment. Mary and the Church are intimately bound together.
967 By her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. Thus she is a “preeminent and . . . wholly unique member of the Church”; indeed, she is the "exemplary realization" (typus)510 of the Church.
972 After speaking of the Church, her origin, mission, and destiny, we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary. In her we contemplate what the Church already is in her mystery on her own “pilgrimage of faith,” and what she will be in the homeland at the end of her journey. There, “in the glory of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity,” "in the communion of all the saints,"518 the Church is awaited by the one she venerates as Mother of her Lord and as her own mother.
In the meantime the Mother of Jesus, in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven, is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise she shines forth on earth until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to the pilgrim People of God.519
973 By pronouncing her “fiat” at the Annunciation and giving her consent to the Incarnation, Mary was already collaborating with the whole work her Son was to accomplish. She is mother wherever he is Savior and head of the Mystical Body.
I’m not a theologian, but I did a quick search and found this article…it had a good summary of how both Mary and the Church fulfill the analogy of the New Eve. I thought it was interesting.
It is both. Read Rev. 12, the woman is both the Virgin Mary and the Church.
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