Monday, July 02, 2007

Mary: Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all Graces and Advocate

If you would like to share, as a member of the faithful, in placing this final dogmatic crown on the head of our Immaculate Mother and Queen during the climax of the Age of Mary, please click on the image below and print it and then fill out the petition and mail it to:

Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici,
P.O. Box 42028
Santa Barbara, CA 93140-2028
Tel (800) 647-9882

Please write to this address for a suitable contact address if you live outside the U.S.A.




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Given that this title has often been misunderstood I endevour here to answer and refer to websites that may help clarify any objections:

It is possible that there may be some misunderstanding as to the objective and definition of this. Please remember that a “CO” anything does not mean equal footing. It simply refers to the fact that there was a necessary role. A Copilot on a plane is NOT the Captain and nowhere as equal as the Captain. Without Mary’s “Yes” Christ would not have become incarnate and been our Redemptor. This title simply explains the essential role of Mary in our redemption through her accepting God’s will to bring Christ into the world through her. It takes away nothing from Christ as our SOLE redeemer. No human could have ever redeemed us but it also needs to be understood, that despite the fact that God could have, in His infinite wisdom, He did not choose any other way to redeem us but through Mary.


Firstly please understand that Dogmas are not defined on popularity and petitions. All such a petition would do is encourage our Church leaders under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to study this in detail. I encourage you to pray about it. The ultimate idea is that God’s will be done.
To enhance the understanding I am including some references that may help explain what is meant by this title:


http://www.catholicsource.net/articles/coredemptrix.html – An Explanation of the Coredemptrix of Mary Title; Compiled by Martin Beckman


http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/MEDIATRI.HTM – This website from EWTN has the explanation and the petition.


http://www.voxpopuli.org/response_to_7_common_objections_part1.php – MARY C0-REDEMPTRIX, Coredemptrix Mediatrix Advocate A Response to 7 Common Objections.

http://www.catholic.net/rcc/Periodicals/Faith/0304-97/TITLES.html – MARY’S TITLES; Co-Redemptrix by John O’Connell


In the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas, I encourage you to read http://www.newadvent.org/summa/4001.htm under: THE FITNESS OF THE INCARNATION which explains in detail on the necessity and fitness of the Incarnation. I also refer you to OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN ....while indirectly these texts do indicate 1. of the necessity of the incarnation and 2. of the importance of Mary’s “YES”.


"...It was reasonable that it should be announced to the Blessed Virgin that she was to conceive Christ. First, in order to maintain a becoming order in the union of the Son of God with the Virgin – namely, that she should be informed in mind concerning Him, before conceiving Him in the flesh. Thus Augustine says (De Sancta Virgin. iii): ”Mary is more blessed in receiving the faith of Christ, than in conceiving the flesh of Christ”; and further on he adds: “Her nearness as a Mother would have been of no profit to Mary, had she not borne Christ in her heart after a more blessed manner than in her flesh.”......


Thirdly, that she might offer to God the free gift of her obedience: which she proved herself right ready to do, saying: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.”


Fourthly, in order to show that there is a certain spiritual wedlock between the Son of God and human nature. Wherefore in the Annunciation the Virgin’s consent was besought in lieu of that of the entire human nature.”


While cautious (given that the source is not always clear), I also refer to you Wikipedia – the following quoted explanation is also quite clear : (the bold is my emphasis)

“The proposed dogma would hold that “Mary is Co-Redemptrix (Co-operator in the Redemption) by her unique co-operation with God as the Woman, New Eve, Mother of the living. Assumed into heaven, Mary continues this saving office as Advocate and Mediatrix of all grace by her constant intercession to obtain for all men the gifts of salvation. Mary’s role is subordinate to and always dependent upon the essential and chief role of her Son.”

Also I will refer you to what our beloved Pope John Paul II had said:

He said in a General Audience (L’Osservatore Romano, N. 41, Weekly Edition 11) “Mary exercises her role as `ADVOCATE’ by co-operating both with the Spirit the Paraclete and with the One who interceded on the Cross for his persecutors (cf. Lk 23:24) whom John calls our Advocate with the Father (1 Jn 2:1).”


In his encyclical Mother of the Redeemer, he wrote, “Mary places herself between her Son and mankind in the reality of their wants, needs and sufferings. She puts herself `in the middle,’ that is to say she acts as a MEDIATRIX not as an outsider, but in her position as mother.”
The Pope said in a General Audience, “We recall that Mary’s mediation is essentially defined by her divine motherhood. Recognition of her role as MEDIATRIX is moreover implicit in the expression `Our Mother’” (L’Osservatore Romano, N. 41, Weekly Edition 11).


In Guayaquil, Ecuador (Jan. 31, 1985) the Holy Father said, “As she was in a special way close to the cross of her Son, she also had to have a privileged experience of his Resurrection. In fact, Mary’s role as COREDEMPTRIX did not cease with the glorification of her Son.”


I hope this helps somewhat.

God Bless (+)

Stephen