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Henry Wing wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Blessed Virgin Mary the same person?

Henry

  { Is Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Blessed Virgin Mary the same person? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Henry —

Thanks for the question.

Yes, She is the same person. Throughout history the Blessed Virgin Mary has made both public and private revelations to groups of people or individuals. In order to identify one appearance from another, the people, the Church, and secular history have identified her under one of many titles since her Assumption into Heaven.

Examples of other well known apparitions are:

  • Our Lady of Atika
  • Our Lady of Banneux
  • Our Lady of Divine Mercy
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • Our Lady of Knock
  • Our Lady of La Salette
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel

There are also numerous towns, cities, states and countries who are named after her, like:

  • Our Lady of Ecuador
  • Our Lady of Ireland
  • Our Lady of Walsingham
  • Our Lady of Yugoslavia

and there are various virtuous titles that are named after her like:

  • Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • Our Lady of Grace
  • Our Lady of Hope
  • Our Lady of Joy
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Our Lady, Queen of Angels

It's important to remember that these are titles of honor and nothing more; Catholics worship
Our Blessed Lord Jesus alone!

We know when we pray to Mary, as attested to in the Scriptures, she will always lead us to her Son, not herself. (John 2:5) We say Jesus was the effective means of salvation; meaning Jesus packs the punch, but Mary is the instrumental means of salvation.

When you share the Gospel with a non-Christian, you are an instrumental means of salvation for them and because you are "In Christ", you are a co-mediator with Jesus called to preach the Gospel to the world. (1 Timothy 2:1-4) In the same way, Mary was the instrumental means of salvation for all mankind. Nevertheless, neither you nor Mary saved the non-Christian by yourselves, but both of you helped in assisting that non-Christian to know and learn about who Jesus is and the Catholic Church He founded.

  • In what way is Mary the instrumental means of our salvation?

In the same way, the saint's were. Mary had the same free will you and me do, so without her "yes" to the angel Gabriel and the God the Father, the Father, respecting our free will, could not have sent His Son for our salvation by natural means. Mary's instrumental means was needed.

In the same way, the Gospel could have never lasted over 2,000 years after Our Lady's Assumption, without the "yes" from saints and martyrs of the Church to preserve and perpetuate the Catholic faith to this day.

Hope you don't mind the extra commentary,

Mike

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