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In This Issue

“I come in this time as the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate.”

Three thoughts in one act

“The message which I have come to bring today is destined for all peoples. I come in this time as the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. In one act the Lord gave Mary these three titles, these three thoughts in one act. This new dogma will be much disputed. That is why I have given you the explanation of it.

The time is dawning. Tell the Pope’s Sacrista to inform the Pope. He shall bring him the Lady of All Nations. The Pope shall prepare this dogma and submit it. Say that the time has come. The Holy Spirit must come over this world. The Holy Father shall not hesitate in his decisions, for he is the fighter. I shall give my sign.”

The time is drawing near

“I have said: this image shall precede. This image must go over the whole world. It is the interpretation and illustration…


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Why Mary is Our Mediatrix

Miles Immaculatae, 1938 

The strict union that exists among the truths of Christian doctrine is known to us all. For Catholic dogmas are born from one another and perfect each other reciprocally. We can see an example of this in the Fathers of the Council of Ephesus. They proclaimed the divine Motherhood of Mary solely on the basis of the Catholic doctrine regarding the hypostatic union of the divine and human natures in the Person of the Word.

Once the relationship between Jesus and his Mother Mary became known, there arose the Catholic belief which holds that the Mother of the Savior was exempt from original sin. Catholics did not dare think that Mary had ever been enslaved to the devil even for a single instant. A wonderful hope of obtaining the sweet care of Mary also arose among…


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Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces

Against the Jansenist heresy the Church taught as a divinely revealed truth that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for all men without exception. Innocent X, and after him, Alexander VIII and Clement XI, were obliged to inculcate this afresh (Denzinger 1096, 1294, 1382). St John had already stated clearly:

He, in his own person, is the atonement made for our sins, and not only for ours, but for the sins of the whole world. (I John, 2:2)

Also St Paul:

God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself. (II Cor. 5:19)

It is his (God’s) will that all men should be saved and be led to recognize the truth. (I Tim. 2:4)

This divine will cannot remain unproductive, but must have a real effect in the natural as well as the supernatural order. (I Sent. 46. 1. 1., de Ver: 23: 2c and ad 2um.) Therefore God’s grace, contrary…


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Mary, Spiritual Mother and Mediatrix

“What do all the doctrines that God has revealed about the Blessed Virgin have to do with me personally? How do these revealed truths about the Mother of Jesus affect my own spiritual life”?

It is in answer to these questions and to others that we now explore Mary’s God-given role as Spiritual Mother of humanity, under its three aspects of Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. For it is understanding Mary as Spiritual Mother in its fullness that allows for the foundation of an authentic Catholic response to the Mother of Jesus.

By an authentic Catholic response we mean here a response both “from the head” and “from the heart”; both theologically and spiritually; in a phrase, our personal and ecclesial response to Mary. So Mary’s role as Spiritual Mother and Mediatrix can rightly be called the bridge between authentic Marian doctrine and devotion.

First, we will look at the basic understanding…


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Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, in the Papal Magisterium of Pope John Paul II

This article, which looks at the Marian dimension of John Paul II’s pontificate, elucidates his many beautiful and powerful words about Our Lady in her role as Coredemptrix and Mediatrix of All Graces. We are only now beginning to unravel the great teachings left us by our beloved Holy Father. This article was excerpted from Mary at the Foot of the Cross – VII: Coredemptrix, Therefore Mediatrix of All Graces, Academy of the Immaculate, 2008.– Assistant Ed.

 

I. Introduction: The Post-Conciliar Situation

The Servant of God Pope John Paul II has left to the Church a huge body of Marian teaching, which, in its quantity alone, is greater than that of all of his predecessors and which, in its quality and consistency, I believe is his greatest single legacy to the Church. While various aspects of this…


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St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Immaculata’s Universal Mediation

If the Virgin Mary was created by God and “fashioned as a new creature” by the Holy Spirit, it was… so that she might become the mother of God. Henceforth she lives with the very life of the Holy Spirit, and together with him is sent on a mission: to complete within us the efficacious Redemption brought about by our sole Mediator, Jesus. In a certain sense the definitive glory that Mary enjoys, “carried up to Heaven in body and soul,” manifests how perfect was the Redemption Jesus effected in her. When Christ presents Mary to the Father he hands over to him for eternity the masterpiece of creation, of human redemption. In Mary who is glorified the Church is made perfect. When Christ returns at the end of ages there will not be a more perfect Church. But, joined to their…


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Mary, Mediatrix: Exemplar for the Contemporary World

We hold this marian symposium in Fatima, a sacred place where shepherd children communed with the Mother of God, and where the sun careened in the sky, confounding human certainties about what is possible and controllable. St. Augustine reminded us that all creation bears vestiges of the Trinity. Through human history, however, certain persons, places, and events, inexplicably chosen by divine intent, have occasioned deeper understanding of the mysteries of faith. Christ chose simple material things like bread, salt, and breakfast on a Galilean lakeshore to mark the giving of Revelation. In this sacramental place called Fatima, the Mother of God brought together ordinary shepherd tasks and a plummeting sun. In every era of history, there are concrete signs and events that open significant questions and evoke deeper understanding of the Faith.


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Mary, Mediatrix: History and Vatican II

The theology of mediation in Sacred Scripture has been built on New Testament passages. In the light of this theology, mediators are retrospectively identified in the Old Testament, in moments of special divine power or illumination, as with the prophets. Angels also intervene between God and man. A mediator is, in religion, one who unites God and man. Christ is the perfect Mediator as the Son of God and true man. “For there is one God and there is one mediator (mesites) between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time” (1 Tim 2:5). What then of Mary as Mediatrix? (1) As will be abundantly clear from the historical evidence to be set forth later, the question arises from the life and practice of the…


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Mary, Mediatrix of Grace, Mary’s Universal Mediation of Grace in the Theological and Pastoral Works of Cardinal Mercier, VI

The following is the sixth in a series from Mary, Mediatrix of Grace, Mary’s Universal Mediation of Grace in the Theological and Pastoral Works of Cardinal Mercier, “one of the greatest Church figures of the 20th century” by Father Manfred Hauke. – Asst. Ed.

8.16 Overview of the Initiatives either undertaken or promoted by Mercier in behalf of a Dogmatic Definition of the Universal Mediation of Mary

The foregoing exposition has shown the unfolding of a plethora of initiatives, whose immediate or at least ultimate objective was the dogmatic definition of the universal mediation of Mary. To facilitate an overview we now present an itemized listing of these initiatives:

– Recognition of the inspirations of Mother Magdalen of Jesus (Palmyre Ryckaert) relative to the definition of the universal mediation of Mary…


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