In This Issue

“A New Dogma” – April 15, 1951

The loin-cloth

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 cloth once more.”

Now I see the Lady remove the cloth from her waist. It is a very long cloth, and she lets me see how she wraps it around herself. With her left hand she holds one end, and with her right hand she wraps that cloth twice around her waist until reaching the left side again….

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The Pope of Mary Co-Redemptrix

In witnessing to most every aspect of the story of Mary Co-redemptrix, John Paul II, the “Totus Tuus” Pope, exceeded all papal predecessors. The quantity of such testimonies is vast; their depth profound; their love inspired.

As if before a wine cellar full of extraordinary wines, we do not have the opportunity to taste and appreciate every teaching of Pope John Paul concerning his Mother Co-redemptrix. (1) Rather, let us offer some of his most exceptional.

John Paul II and Usages of Co-redemptrix

John Paul II’s official and repeated use of the title, Co-redemptrix, quickly remedies the silence at the Second Vatican Council. Within his first years as Christ’s Vicar, the Pope invokes the Immaculate Mother as “Co-redemptrix” on repeated occasions and makes whole again the relationship between the doctrine and the title. The title is legitimate, and the Holy Father expresses his conviction about this.

On September 8, 1982, Feast of the…

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“Mary Suffers With Those Who Are in Affliction”

We are pleased to present this beautiful statement on the sufferings of Mary, given by our beloved pontiff who is following in the footsteps of his Marian predecessor, Servant of God Pope Benedict XVI. In this message for the World Day of the Sick, a number of quotes draw our attention regarding the theme of Mary’s coredemption. The pope states that Mary “did not hesitate to share the Passion of her Son, renewing on Calvary at the foot of the Cross her ‘yes’ of the Annunciation.” He also states that Mary, associated with the Paschal Sacrifice, “suffers with her divine Son” and also “suffers with those who are in affliction.” Finally, Pope Benedict offers a succinct synthesis of the theology of coredemption, pointing out the value of suffering for the afflicted Christians of the world: “Mysteriously united to Christ, the one who…

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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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Padre Pio and the Mother Co-redemptrix

It has been written, and rightly so, that “if there is an aspect of the mystery of Mary especially fitting to the life and work of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, it is certainly the coredemptive aspect of the person and mission of the Immaculate in God’s salvific plan of love” (1).

The mystery of Mary Coredemptrix is present in the life and writings of St. Pio of Pietrelcina at the highest levels of mystical experience which he lived out in body and soul, and of the theologia cordis transmitted by him to his spiritual children in the language of that wisdom transcending by far a language limited to the solely notional and conceptual (2).

St. Pio of Pietrelcina in the first place lived the mystery of Marian Coredemption in his exceptional mystical experience of the Passion of Christ Crucified, of which he bore the living and bleeding stigmata in his body…

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The Immaculate Conception in the Thought of Adrienne von Speyr

The following article, written by Fr. Donald Calloway, a member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, “seeks to present the Immaculate Conception in the thought of one of the most understudied mystics and Marian figures of the twentieth century, Adrienne von Speyr.” Fr. Calloway, MIC, is the author of several Mariological articles and editor of The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body, Marian Press, 2005.

On December 8, 1955, Pope Pius XII made the following statement in an allocution to the Catholic Relief Services: “In honoring Mary, in every thought of her, We do homage to the superabundant mercy and love of the Redeemer of men, all of whom He wishes to draw into union with Himself through grace and His Holy Spirit.” (1) Pius XII could not have chosen a better day than the Solemnity…

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Our Lady of Grace and the Miraculous Medal

Our Lady of Grace, who gave the Miraculous Medal to Sr. Catherine Labouré, brings to the world a message of hope for those who trust in her maternal care. Dr. Miravalle traces the historical events and the wondrous meaning of the Miraculous Medal. This article, excerpted from a longer article on the three prominent messages of the Age of Mary, was taken from Private Revelation: Discerning with the Church. – Assistant Editor.

The Marian Message to the Modern World

The universally designated “Age of Mary,” which had been anticipated by the historic Marian apparitions at Guadalupe some three centuries earlier{footnote}For more information on the 1531 Marian Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, cf. Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, eds., A Handbook on…

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“My Son and I Redeemed the World”

During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, a providential blend of theologians, saints, and mystics continue the fruitful development of the doctrine of Mary Co-redemptrix.

The mystical dimension begins to play an important role in this and in later periods of Coredemption’s doctrinal development, with great spiritual figures such as St. Catherine of Siena and St. Bridget of Sweden contributing to the harmony between theology and spirituality within the Church. The Holy Spirit can and does use his prophetic gifts through chosen souls as lights to guide the great bark of Tradition and theology upon a particular path of doctrinal development.

What the revelations received by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque are to the development of the doctrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska to Divine Mercy in our own times, (1) the Revelations of St. Bridget are to the medieval progress of the doctrine…

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Eucharistic Experience – May 31, 1971

During Holy Mass (in the Chapel on Diepenbrockstraat) I saw a heavenly vision. It is very difficult to describe because it was so heavenly. At the Offertory I saw “the Light” coming over the altar and the two priests (concelebrating). They were enveloped by “the Light.” This grew stronger and stronger and I could no longer see the altar nor the priests. It was one ocean of “Light.”

Then, suddenly, it looked to me as if heaven burst open above me. I beheld an unfathomable, beautiful depth, full of Majesty and Light. And I saw a large and superb Chalice surmounted by a bril­liant Cross. On its top appeared a very large Sacred Host, radiating Light. It looked like white fire and it was almost impossible to watch it. I was allowed to behold this scene for quite a long time. Then I discerned, coming up from the right, out…

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