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 the saints offers the most pure and genuine refrain in recognizing, living, and sometimes dying for Christian truth. It is therefore particularly valuable to listen to their songs in praise of Mary Co-redemptrix.
We are keenly aware of the limitations of our treatment of the illustrious and expansive testimony by God’s saints to their Mater Dolorosa. We restrict ourselves here to the most recent testimonies, in fact, only those saints and blesseds who have died within the last hundred years. This genus is itself radically limited to those who have been canonized or beatified within one hundred years of death.
St. Gemma Galgani († 1903) was an Italian saint who in her short twenty-five years of life experienced many supernatural manifestations, including visions of Jesus, diabolical attacks, and the stigmata. During some of her recorded ecstasies, St. Gemma speaks powerfully of the Mother’s coredemptive sufferings at Calvary:
Oh wicked sinners, stop crucifying Jesus, because at the same time you are also transfixing the Mother…. Oh my Mother, where do I find you? Always at the foot of the Cross of Jesus… Oh what pain was yours!… I no longer see one sacrifice only, I see two of them: one for Jesus, one for Mary!… Oh my Mother, if one were to see you with Jesus he would not be able to say who is the first to expire: is it you or Jesus? (2)
What compassion you show me, oh my Mother, to see you so every Saturday at the foot of the Cross!… Oh! I no longer see one Victim only, but there are two. (3)
St. Gemma writes to her spiritual director of the sufferings of the Blessed Virgin from the time of Jesus’ birth onward as she painfully pondered his Crucifixion:
Oh what great sorrow it must have been for the Mother, after Jesus was born, to think that they had then to crucify Him! What pangs she must have always had in her Heart! How many sighs she must have made, and how many times she must have wept! Yet she never complained. Poor Mother! (4)
. . . truly, then, when she sees Him being crucified . . . that poor Mother was transfixed by many arrows . . . Therefore my Mother was crucified together with Jesus. (5)
We have previously discussed the ecclesiastical approval of Mary Co-redemptrix which took place under the po