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In This Issue

“Spread the prayer I have taught you.”

The will of the Son

I see a bright light, and then I hear,
“Here I am again.”

Through the bright light I see the Lady. She says,
“Look carefully and listen to what I am going to tell you.”

Then the Lady shakes her head at me in disapproval and says,
“Child, you shall pass on my message! My only intention is that the will of the Son be done in this time. Understand well: you are only the instrument.”

The image of the Lady

Then it is as if the Lady places herself before me very clearly, and she says,
“Look at my image and examine it closely.”

And she gestures as if wanting to say: just feel. I am actually allowed to feel the contour of her figure, but I feel that contour as something spiritual. Her hair is thick and wavy, flowing down over her shoulders. For a moment it is as if she is…


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Mary: Co-Redemptrix, Not Co-Equal

Reprinted from Catholic News
Senior writer LARA PICKFORD-GORDON reports on a talk given by a visiting professor of Theology and Mariology.
Dr Mark Miravalle speaks at the book launch. At right are Prof Courtenay Bartholomew and Kenneth Gordon. Photo: Gerard-Paul Wanliss

Giving Mary the official title of ‘Co-Redemptrix’ may prompt a knee-jerk reaction among some who think this will be “too much” and suggest Mary is equal to Jesus. Dr Mark Miravalle, Professor of Theology and Mariology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, disagrees.
At the December launch of Professor Courtenay Bartholomew’s book, Mary Is the Co-Redemptrix at the Living Water Community, he presented a case to support a fifth dogma of Mary, as Co-Redemptrix.
Dr Miravalle is the president of Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, a Catholic movement seeking the solemn papal definition of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Co-Redemptrix (but not co-equal), Mediatrix, and Advocate.
Miravalle made it clear at the start of his…


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The Saints Witness to Mary Co-redemptrix

The mind of a saint is supernaturally disposed to the truth. The more sanctified the human heart, the more docile is the human mind to revealed mysteries of faith. The saints have sacrificed all worldly desires for the sake of the heavenly paradise, and therefore have much less propensity for their intellects being skewed or confused due to attachments of the world—human agenda, ecclesiastical or otherwise, which can obscure divine truths and impede their assent.

The testimony of the saints and blesseds represents the highest, most trustworthy level of sensus fidelium—that common consensus of Christian faith found within the People of God, which is in its own way inspired and protected by the Spirit of Truth. (1)

The “voice of the people” (vox populi), according to the ancient Church maxim, is an echo of the “voice of God” (vox Dei). Among this vox populi chorus, the witness of…


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What Co-redemptrix Does and Does Not Mean

“When they found you with the Fathers calling her Mother of God, Second Eve, and Mother of all Living, the Mother of Life, the Morning Star, the Mystical New Heaven, the Sceptre of Orthodoxy, the All-undefiled Mother of Holiness, and the like, they would have deemed it a poor compensation for such language, that you protested against her being called a Co-redemptrix . . . .

— Ven. John Henry Cardinal Newman to Pusey (1)

We begin by explaining what Mary Co-redemptrix does not mean. This is to avoid initial misconceptions that can prejudice the term, quite apart from how the Church, that is, popes, saints, doctors, mystics and martyrs, has in fact used it. It is one thing to espouse that “I do not accept the Church calling the Mother of Jesus the ‘Co-redemptrix,'” to reject the title due to a misconception of what the Church herself denotes…


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Reflections on the Seven Sorrows of Mary:The First Sorrow

Of Saint Simeon’s Prophecy.

In this valley of tears every man is born to weep, and all must suffer, by enduring the evils which are of daily occurrence. But how much greater would the misery of life be, did we also know the future evils which await us! ‘Unfortunate, indeed, would his lot be,’ says Seneca, ‘who, knowing the future, would have to suffer all by anticipation.'{footnote} Calamitosus esset animus futuri praescius, et ante miserias miser.-Ep. xcviii.{/footnote} Our Lord shows us this mercy. He conceals the trials which await us, that, whatever they may be, we may endure them but once. He did not show Mary this compassion; for she, whom God willed to be the Queen of Sorrows, and in all things like His Son, had to see always before her eyes and continually to suffer all the torments that awaited…


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Her Station Keeping: Immaculate Conception to Co-redemptrix

Introduction

The recent history of Mariology has not always been told and so the recent reinvigoration of the movement for a fifth Marian Dogma by the group of five Cardinals remains a curiosity to some. Others believe the movement should be dropped since Cardinal Ratzinger in the year 2000 mentioned in an interview with Peter Seewald that he was not in favor of the title “Co-redemptrix.” The interview caused a stir in the English-speaking world when it was published two years later in God and the World; used ever since to question those who speak of the need for the official promulgation of the title. Since then, many still fail to make the distinction that Cardinal Ratzinger was not pope at that time, and he was not speaking in an official capacity. In fact, a careful examination of Joseph Ratzinger’s writings reveals he has a much deeper Mariology…


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Mary Co-redemptrix in the Light of Patristics

My intent here is to offer a few thoughts, in the light of the Fathers, concerning the unique and privileged association of the Virgin Mary with the redemptive work of her Son, and to show how the Fathers, although living long ago, and without the contemporary adjustments of a theology that has become more technical, have prepared the way for today’s doctrine of the Catholic Church such as it has emerged during Vatican Council II.

I have already presented, in various articles (1) and books, (2) the theme of Mary’s cooperation in the mystery of Redemption by a slightly different approach—that of spiritual motherhood—but identical in substance. I will use here, but in a more synthetical way, these previous works, while at the same time attempting to illuminate them in other ways, old as well as new. Except for some occasional passing references to Mary’s role in the distribution of…


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Mary and John at the Foot of the Cross

The following is a commentary on St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s classic poem, Canticle of the Blessed Virgin at the Foot of the Cross, by the late French patrologist, Fr. Bertrand de Margerie, S.J. The article begins with the poem itself. – Ed.

1. Let us contemplate our Mary so afflicted
Near her Savior’s cross,
Her blessed soul transpierced
By sword of living pain.

2. She groans and sighs
From love’s inspiration,
Suffering great martyrdom
Not visible to human eye.

3. Jesus dying is her torture,
Love her greatest torment.
Offering her heart in sacrifice,
O my God, how great her torment.

4. Beholding her love’s object
Hanging…


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The Promises of the Seven Sorrows

So much does the Crucified Lord desire humanity to ponder, along with His own saving Redemption, the coredemption of his Mother, that He has attached to the prayerful meditation of the seven principal historical events of Our Lady’s sufferings promises of grace and mercy that are nothing short of extraordinary and miraculous.

To St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373), Our Lady directly reveals the amazing graces granted by her Son for all those who daily pray seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on her seven dolors and tears:

1. “I will grant peace to their families.”

2. “They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.”

3. “I will console them in their pains and…


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