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In This Issue

Coredemption

The great action

“Here I am again, the Lady of All Nations.”

Now the Lady looks at me for a long time without speaking. Then she says,
“In the previous message I gave you the meaning of ‘The Lady of All Nations’. Today I have come to tell you: the great action of the Lady of All Nations has to begin now. Bring the messages into the world. The Lady of All Nations shall help you and all those who fight for this. The great action shall begin. This image will precede. Later on there will be no nation without the Lady of All Nations. This title begins now. This time is Our time.”

Coredemption

Now the Lady gazes before herself for a long time. Then she starts speaking again, saying,
“The Lady, who once was Mary…

At the departure of the Lord Jesus Christ coredemption first began. It was not until the departure of the…


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Marian Coredemption and St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe

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)…


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The Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Mother According to John Paul II

Every time Holy Mass is celebrated, Jesus offers his sacrifice of obedience and of self-giving to the Father on our behalf and in union with us “for the remission of our sins” (cf. Mt 26:28). The Eucharist is therefore the sacrament of the victory of the Redeemer over the evil of the world, the sacrament which curbs the unleashing of the forces of sin by the saving power of Christ’s redeeming love. The Pope notes:

Every time that the words of consecration are pronounced in the Mass and the Body and Blood of the Lord are made present in the act of sacrifice, there is also present the triumph of love over hatred, of holiness over sin. Every Eucharistic celebration is more powerful than all the evil of the universe; it signifies a real concrete fulfillment of the Redemption and an ever deeper reconciliation of sinful humanity with…


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The Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Fatima Message

While one might readily think of Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the idea of associating Fatima with the Hearts of Jesus and Mary might seem much more forced – but, in fact, that is not so. From its very beginnings the phenomenon of Fatima bears the imprint of the two Hearts. From a strictly theological perspective this must necessarily be true because one can only understand the theology and the cultus of the Heart of Mary with reference to the Heart of Jesus – and this is consistently verified in all that is associated with Fatima.

The primary witness of the events of Fatima, of course, is Sister Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart dos Santos, O.C.D. who lived from 30 March 1907 to 13 February 2005, dying at the advanced age of 97 and whose cause for beatification has now been opened with the special…


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Coredemption in the Apparitions of Our Lady at Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima

First of all, let me say it is a great joy for this paper to be presented at the site of Our Lady’s apparitions to St. Bernadette in 1858, wherein she revealed herself to be the Immaculate Conception. It is especially fitting since the basic premise of this paper on Our Lady’s coredemption in the three apparitions of Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima is that these apparitions reveal that the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Motherhood of God the Son, and of us, is not meant to be construed by us as a mere sentimental abstraction. Rather, heaven wishes to convey to us in these apparitions that Mary’s Motherhood of God and her spiritual Motherhood of us are at the very heart of the Blessed Trinity’s work of redemption of the entire created order. In other words, the Divine Maternity of God the Son and the spiritual…


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The Marian Apparitions of Akita: The Mother of God as Co-redemptrix

In 1973, in a Catholic convent in a suburb of the city of Akita in northern Japan, a Japanese nun reported receiving messages of serious implications for all mankind from the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Sr. Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa, then 42, reported to Bishop John Shojiro Ito, that the Blessed Mother called for Roman Catholics to offer up fervent prayers, penance, and sacrifices. The Blessed Mother was also reported as calling for the mankind to repent of their sinful lifestyle and to amend themselves.

Bishop Ito, the ordinary of the diocese of Niigata wherein Akita lies, immediately initiated an investigation of the messages and related mysterious events that were observed by both Christian and non-Christian visitors.

According to the testimony of Sr. Agnes, the first mysterious event at Akita was that she saw a brilliant light from the Tabernacle on June 12, which animatedly conveyed the impression of the…


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Motives for Perfect Consecration to the Blessed Virgin

— First Motive —

It Devotes Us Entirely to the Service of God

The first motive, which shows us the excellence of this consecration of ourselves to Jesus Christ by the hands of Mary.

If we can conceive on earth no employment more lofty than the service of God—if the least servant of God is richer, more powerful and more noble than all the kings and emperors of this earth, unless they also are the servants of God—what must be the riches, the power and the dignity of the faithful and perfect servant of God, who is devoted to His service entirely and without reserve, to the utmost extent possible? Such is the faithful and loving slave of Jesus in Mary who has given himself up entirely to the service of that King of Kings, by the hands of His holy Mother, and has reserved nothing for himself….


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Marian Devotion, the Rosary, and the Scapular

The following article is an excerpt from a chapter in the recently published Marian anthology, Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons, Seat of Wisdom Books, A Division of Queenship, 2008. Fifteen international Mariology experts contributed to the text. The book features a foreword by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke and has 17 chapters divided into four parts: 1. Mary in Scripture and the Early Church; 2. Marian Dogma; 3. Marian Doctrine; and 4. Marian Liturgy and Devotion. The book is now available from Queenship Publications. To obtain a copy, visit queenship.org. Visit books.google.com and search on "Mariology: A Guide" to view the book in its entirety, or simply click here.
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Introduction

Veneration of the…


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The Scapular Devotion

The most highly developed of Marian Scapular devotions is that of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Since the seventeenth century, the Brown Scapular has been a uni­versal Catholic devotion, considered to be, together with the rosary, a customary form of Marian devotional practice. The popularity of the Scapular devotion was due to the sixteenth and seventeenth century popes, who promulgated the so-called Sabbatine Privilege and who approved the Confraternity of the Scapular for every diocese throughout the Catholic world.

The growth and development of the Scapular devotion reached its culmination in 1726 in the extension to the universal Church of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for July 16. {footnote} The feast spread rapidly in the seventeenth century. For its liturgical history, cf. Augustine M. Forcadell, O.Carm., Commemoratio Solemnis Beatae Mariae Virginis de Monte Carmelo (Romae, 1951). The rank of the feast has been…


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