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In This Issue

“This Picture Will Precede a New Dogma”

In this April 15, 1951 Message from the Lady of All Nations, Our Lady explains her own historic role as the “Co-redemptrix,” how her image will prepare the way for a “new dogma” and how the Church will only grow stronger and more powerful through struggling for this new Marian Dogma of Mary Co-redemptrix -Ed.

April 15, 1951

I see that great bright light again. Very slowly the Lady comes forth from that light, and then she is standing before me clearly. The Lady is not yet saying anything, but looking at me with a smile. This lasts for a while, and then she begins to speak. The Lady says, “Child, look carefully once more.”

The Lady now points at the sash wrapped around her waist; I have to look at it carefully. The Lady says, “You have described everything correctly. You are on the right path. But look carefully at 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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Infallible Definition of the Assumption

The fourth Marian dogma is the Assumption of Our Lady. The dogma of Mary’s Assumption, like her Immaculate Conception, has the added certainty of an infallible papal statement. Pope Pius XII in 1950 defined the Assumption of Mary in the following ex cathedra statement: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” (1)

What evidence is present in the sources of divine revelation for the dogma of Mary’s glorious Assumption into heaven? Pope Pius XII, in his papal document, declares the Assumption a dogma “revealed by God” and refers to several sources.

The Magisterium of the Church

The dogma of Mary’s Assumption received the unanimous consensus from the Magisterium of the Church. In 1946, Pope Pius XII petitioned the bishops of the world asking them whether the Assumption of Mary could be…


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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and its Foundation in Her Role as Coredemptrix

 

Introduction

One of the problems that arise in any discussion on Co-redemption is the limiting of Redemption exclusively to the events of Good Friday. We must realize that the whole life of Christ is of salvific value, from His Annunciation to the hidden years of Nazareth, His public ministry, His passion, death, resurrection and ascension. Throughout His life Jesus is true to His name as the one who saves.

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The Mystics and Mary’s Assumption and Coronation

When Mary’s soul left her body, the soft chanting of the angels seemed to withdraw slowly from the Cenacle. Peter and John must have perceived the glory of her soul in this moment of its liberation, for they both looked up, while the other apostles remained absorbed in prayer, with their heads bowed to the ground.

The Blessed Virgin’s body lay radiant with light, surrounded by her thousand invisible guardian angels. Her eyes were closed, and her hands were folded on her breast.

When at last all the apostles, disciples, and holy women present realized that their beloved spiritual Mother had indeed left them, their sorrow was so intense that only a special dispensation of divine power prevented some of them from dying of grief.

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Did Mary’s Assumption Really Occur? – and Does It Really Matter If It Did?

Part One

What happened to the mother of Jesus Christ at the end of her life? The answer you get depends upon whom you ask. “Nothing at all unusual,” say Protestants. “A miracle! She was taken directly to heaven!”, say Catholics—at least those who know that Pope Pius XII solemnly proclaimed the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma which we must believe:

The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory (1).

As a general matter, Protestants have been averse to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary ever since the Reformation persuaded them that such veneration is a vestige of “Popery” (2). Moreover, their view of an individual’s conscience as being the supreme moral arbiter has led them to reject papal infallibility and the binding nature of the Magisterium in general. But, for…


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St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest

When one speaks of St. Maximilian one spontaneously thinks of his martyrdom in Auschwitz and his unlimited love for the Immaculate. However, it must be underscored that his martyrdom and Marian devotion were lived out in the context of a priestly vocation. “St. Maximilian, Priest”—this is the official title given him by Holy Mother Church. Popes Paul VI and John Paul II proclaimed Fr. Kolbe to be a luminous “example” and “glory” to the priesthood, a ministerial priest to be numbered among the great priest-saints such as Saints Ignatius of Loyola, Alphonsus M. de Liguori, Louis M. Grignon de Montfort, Vincent de Paul, John M. Vianney, and John Bosco.

St. Maximilian reflected a great deal on the revelatory statement of God to Moses on Mount Horeb: “I am who am,” and that of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette at Lourdes: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” It is deeply…


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Fatima 2017 Petition Drive for the Fifth Marian Dogma

During the 2017 centenary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the international Marian Movement, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, is initiating a 2017 worldwide petition drive for the “Fifth Marian Dogma”: the solemn definition of Mary as Spiritual Mother of humanity by our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Since the beginning of the Church movement for the papal definition of Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood by Cardinal Mercier in 1915, millions of petitions have been sent to the Vatican in support of this dogmatic crown for the Mother of Jesus, who was personally given to us by Jesus to be our Spiritual Mother (Jn. 19:26).

Now, during this monumental year of Marian grace, we ask all the faithful and people of good will to send a brief personal letter to Pope Francis in humble request of his prayerful consideration to define Mary as the “Spiritual Mother of humanity” under its three essential aspects as…


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Heart of the Message of Medjugorje

Peace through faith, prayer, fasting, penance, and conversions summarize the heart of the Madonna’s messages according to the visionaries. These six foundational themes are the basis of the message of Medjugorje upon which other important elements, such as the rosary and daily Mass are developed.

We will take up each theme by examining individual messages given by the visionaries and then look at how that same theme appears in the Gospels. The similarity between the message of Medjugorje as it appears in these themes and the identical themes found in the Gospels affirms the sound Christian doctrine contained in the reported Marian message.

“Believe Firmly”

The message of Medjugorje indicates both a general summons to a more committed faith in God and to a specific belief in the apparitions themselves.

The call to faith has been central and crucial to the message of Medjugorje since the beginning of the apparitions….


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