I’ve been debating with some various flavors of Protestants regarding what Catholics believe about Mary.
It hit me that the scene of the Annunciation explains everything…You don’t even have to read the entire passage. The Angel Gabriel greets Mary “Hail, Full of Grace! The Lord is with thee. Blessed are you among women.” Those 14 words proclaim the entire Marian body of dogma.
If Mary was blessed among women, we can retranslate this as “Most blessed of all women…” So let’s take some Biblical examples…We have Eve, Tamar, Ruth, Judith, Mary Magdalen, Mary Clopas, just to name some. So what was unique about Eve-she was born without sin. Being more blessed than Eve would indicate that Mary was also born without sin. What makes her more blessed than Eve is that she obeyed God. The others, we don’t know if any of them were mothers, but let’s take, for example, your mother. If Mary is most blessed of all women, she would have special attributes, among them that she would not have relations with a man in order to have a child, and that child would be born without affecting her virginity. And finally, all women would die, be buried, and their bodies would decay. Mary being most blessed of all women, would be preserved from this.
And there you have it. Blessed among women, as the Angel Gabriel states, means that she doesn’t experience normal human attributes-sin, sexual relations, birth pangs and death.
Protestants try to belittle Mary. They don’t see her life of sacrifice. Now, I know that some Catholics take it too far, but this is outside of what the Church teaches. But there is so much more about Mary. We know that she is foreshadowed in lots of places in the OT, and also appears again in heaven, alive, in Revelation.