In This Issue
- Orthodox Patriarch on Maternal Mediation by: Patriarch Bartholomew I
- Why the Time is Ripe for the Fifth Marian Dogma by: Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner
- Marian Coredemption and St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe by: Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli
- Mediatrix of Peace by: Pope Benedict XVI
- O, Gracious Advocate by: St. Alphonsus de Liguori
- January 25, 2015 Message at Medjugorje by: Our Lady of Medjugorje
- “I Want to Eradicate Fear From My Children” by: Our Lady of All Nations
During the Lenten season of 1998, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I promulgated the following profound letter on the nature of the Mother of God and her role in maternal mediation. Clearly, the Catholic and Orthodox union of mind and heart on Our Lady’s universal mediation constitutes the quintessential means for ultimate Catholic-Orthodox unity. – Ed.
Beloved brethren in Christ and beloved children,
The Grace of our all-good God once again deemed us worthy to stand at the beginning of Great Lent. Again we hear the holy and solemn hymns of the Triodion: “Open the doors of repentance to me O Life-Giver…” and “Direct me on the highway of salvation O Theotokos….”
Repentance and salvation is the purpose of our lives. However, who will help us achieve that?
In our battle of repentance, the Saints of the Church will be our helpers, who completed their battle victoriously with the Grace of God. First among them…
This exceptional presentation by Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, on the solution to the great crises facing the Church and the world today: the need to re-Marianize the Church by recognizing the Blessed Mother’s universal mediation through the solemn definition of her roles as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate, was given at the Mary, “Unique Cooperator in the Redemption” Symposium held at Fatima on May 3-7, 2005. – Ed.
I have chosen to entitle this final, concluding conference of our symposium, the “Cause of Mary, Advocate.” Etymologically, cause is a legal term. If its use to summarize our discussion of the mystery of Mary Immaculate and of her unique place in the divine counsels governing the economy of salvation retains a legal scent, that is quite intentional. For the cause of Mary in the economy of salvation, the place she…
Pope Paul VI placed St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe “among the great Saints and enlightened spirits who have understood, venerated and sung the mystery of Mary,” (1) and Pope John Paul II placed in relief the prophetic vision and great value of St. Maximilian’s life and Mariology for the Church today. (2) Consequently, St. Maximilian’s Mariological doctrine has already been the subject of studies at the highest level of systematic research and scholarship. (3) With regards to his doctrine on Marian Coredemption, there is a detailed study by L. Iammorrone. (4)
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe († 1941)
The coredemptive thought of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe is of great value for several reasons. He was our contemporary, and more importantly, was a great mystic and Marian theologian, besides being such an extraordinary apostle and missionary of the Immaculate as to be called the “Fool of the Immaculate,” (5)…
The following two excerpts from the early twentieth century pontiff, Pope Benedict XV, a pope renowned for his great Marian love and his untiring efforts for peace and reconciliation, reveal his extraordinary love for Our Lady, his articulation of her role as Mediatrix of all graces and Queen of Peace, and the Pope’s belief in her intercessory power to bring peace during a troubled time for the world (World War I). Let us invoke this former pontiff for the new pontificate of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, to follow the pattern of his predecessor of name in calling upon Our Lady, Mediatrix of all graces for the spiritual and global peace so needed in our present day. – Ed.
Mediatrix of Peace
The scene of Jesus’ birth is complete through the presence of Mary. The faith of her believers and her children’s love consider her not only God’s Mother,…
The following is an excerpt from the great Marian classic “The Glories of Mary” by the Marian doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus de Liguori. Mary, “O, Gracious Advocate” is the first in a three part series dedicated to this important doctrinal role of Our Lady as advocate for all humanity.
Section I. Mary is an Advocate who is able to save all.
So great is the authority that mothers possess over their sons, that even if they are monarchs, and have absolute dominion over every person in their kingdom, yet never can mothers become the subjects of their sons. It is true that Jesus…
“Dear children! Also today I call you: live your vocation in prayer. Now, as never before, satan wants to suffocate man and his soul by his contagious wind of hatred and unrest. In many hearts there is no joy because there is no God or prayer. Hatred and war are growing from day to day. I am calling you, little children, begin anew, with enthusiasm, the walk of holiness and love; since I have come among you because of this. Together let us be love and forgiveness for all those who know and want to love only with a human love and not with that immeasurable love of God to which God calls you. Little children, may hope in a better tomorrow always be in your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Anne, a visionary from Ireland, has received permission from her local ordinary, Bishop Leo O’Reilly, for the distribution of messages which she receives from Jesus, God the Father, Our Blessed Mother, the angels and saints (see article, “Discernment of Lay Apostolate of Jesus Christ the Returning King,” Marian Private Revelation section). The following messages from Our Blessed Mother are directed to bishops, priests and religious throughout the world. – Ed.
The Blessed Mother
I would talk about fear today. During the time of transition there will be great fear. This fear is the result of the lack of faith that has settled upon this world. Faithful souls need to be told that fear is not going to help the situation and it will make people respond in panic. What is necessary is calmness, a trust that can only be achieved through a daily prayer regime. It is the regime I wish…