The deification of the Virgin Mary in Christianity – 1 | THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

The Deification of the Virgin Mary in Christianity.

Many tend to claim that the Virgin Mary is not deified, was not deified at the moment of her conception, and has never been deified. This claim seems to originate from the deep-seated fear, likely Protestant in origin, that the Holy Virgin is being worshipped with that kind of worship reserved for God alone, instead of being honored as the Mother of God. This fear, however, is unfounded. What seems to be happening is the perpetuation of a misunderstanding and lack of sufficient comprehension (and use) of the terms deification and worship.What is Worship?Two kinds of worship exist: the worship of latreia and the worship of proskynesis (Bartolo-Abela, 2017). Latreia is the kind of worship reserved for God alone, while proskynesis is the relative worship that can be legitimately given to any saints. Proskynesis is more commonly understood by people as veneration. However, it is still worship in a technical sense, although not the kind of worship that needs to be reserved for God. What is deification and what kind of worship is employed towards those human beings who have become deified?

Source: The deification of the Virgin Mary in Christianity – 1 | THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

We can look to Mary and realize this is what we are meant to become.

Theosis. It is also known as deification, divinization, participation, and divine sonship. The essence of Christianity and the gospel is that the triune God, who is perfect communion,Β β€œin a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life.” (Catechism of the Catholic ChurchΒ 1)Β 
katharsis – purification
theoria – illumination
theosis – deification, union with God

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