Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mary Mediatrix

Mary’s intercessory role as channel of all graces coming from God has withstood the test of time and there are several Churches with the title of Mary Mediatrix of all grace as patroness.  The Philippines is also launching the Movement for the Dogmatic definition of Mary’s universal mediation of grace.

The litany of the Holy Rosary contains many titles of Our Lady such as Holy Mother of God, Mother of the Church, Virgin most powerful, Virgin most merciful, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of heaven, Refuge of sinners, Seat of wisdom, Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians, Queen of Angels, Queen of Apostles, Queen of  Martyrs, Queen of Prophets, Queen of all Saints, Queen of Peace, etc.  This is not an impossibility because all we desire to say is that being the Mother of God, Mary merited these other titles.

God chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of His Beloved Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Source of grace, the divine Mediator  between God and Man.  God is the source, she is the channel, she the humble maid of Nazareth.  Jesus, the Son of God and Second Person of the One Triune God, in obedience to God the Father in the Redemption of humankind, deigned to become man by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mary, the Sorrowful Mother, accompanied our Redeemer at the very foot of the Cross.  There she was given to us as our mother.  Her motherhood brings to mind a familiar saying that goes: “The hand that rocks the cradle rocks the world.”  This shows the distinction and dignity of motherhood while we entrust our earthly journey into the maternal caring hands of Mary Mediatrix, Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

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