Mary Mediatrix of all graces, Mother of God

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Mary is the Virgin mother of Jesus Christ and the wife of St Joseph. She is the Mother of God (Theotokos) and the Mother of all Human Race. Virginity and Motherhood, two contrary qualities are united in her by God in His Omnipotence and love. For truly “to Him nothing is impossible” (Luke 1:37)
Mary grew up in the home of Sts Joachim and Anna, who gave birth to her after years of childlessness. At the age of three, in keeping with the promise they had made to God, they gave Mary to serve at the temple. Mary stayed on in the temple until she was about 16 years of age (there is no conclusion as to the exact age). She was then given to St Joseph in marriage according to Jewish customs.

MARY’S UNIVERSAL MOTHERHOOD

The universal motherhood of Mary started from the time of her fiat and continues even after her death. For she has not put this noble task aside (according to Fathers of the Second Vatican Council) but continues it until she sees all her children in heaven. Christ is the Head of all things and the son of Mary, so since Mary gave birth to the head, it is fitting that she also gives birth to the rest of the members. This is the Christian understanding of Mary’s Universal Motherhood.
Mary accepted the burden of being the “woman” (a title which Christ often reminds her of whenever salvation is in question) alongside the “man” (a title which was proclaimed by Pontius Pilate when he said “Ecce Homo” which means “Behold the Man” Jn 19:5). By accepting to be Mother of all things, she accepted to go through the pangs of child birth along with Christ in bringing forth the Church, she accepted to die along with Christ, she accepted to work with God in “making all things new” and in reconciling all things in Christ. By so doing she has joined in the work of salvation like no other mortal is able to; she has been given a singular place in the distribution of grace to all men.

MARY’S DIVINE MOTHERHOOD

In the eastern part of the Roman Empire, there arose among the faithful the practice of addressing the Virgin Mary as “Theotokos” or “Deipara”, “Dei Genitrix” – Greek and Latin words meaning “God-bearing” or more simply put “Mother of God”. This raised serious doubt in the mind of the then newly installed Patriarch (Archbishop) Nestorius, of the See (Diocese) of Constantinople (then called the Rome of the East, because Emperor Constantine relocated the capital of the empire to Constantinople and so the power of the Patriarch of Constantinople rose over other Sees). Even today, many people still cannot just accept this title as true and valid.
Nestorius could stand people address Mary as “Christokos” (Mother of Christ), but Never “Theotokos” for he believed that Christ was not actually one person with the Eternal Word. Rather he held that He was a (very extraordinary) man that was united in so way with the Word but was distinct in his Personhood from the Word. The implication of this is that, when the Word took flesh, another person sprung from this union. Therefore, the Eternal Son is one person, and Jesus of Nazareth is another person (human). This is contradictory to the teaching of the Apostles who proclaimed the Divinity of Christ and His Humanity as united in the One Divine Person of the Eternal Word of God.
Mary gave birth to a “Person” (a Divine Person) not just a “nature” for the later must be united with a subject of whom alone we can predicate birth, filiation etc. and this subject must be a person (you cannot say that someone gave birth to a nature but to a person with a particular nature). Therefore, the Person of the Word while not ceasing to be Divine took flesh IN the womb of Mary and became Man. Christ, therefore is not a Human Person, but a Divine Person with two natures; divine and human. For as I said before only a person can possess a nature, so for the human nature of Christ there did not arise any new person but the Eternal Person of the Word of the Father, who while not leaving the bosom of the Father, took a human nature from Mary. Since it is this same Word that was born of the Virgin Mary, she therefore merits the singular title of Mother of God for the Person she gave birth to is God the Son. This is the Faith of the Catholic Church.
If this Word were not the same Person as the Human Christ, then there may be no salvation for anyone, for no Human Person can possibly pay for the guilt of Humanity, for according to Archbishop Fulton Sheen “no man can raise himself by his own shoe lace”. There is need for an external hand to help, and that hand needs be from outside. But God alone would not do the “paying” for it is not Divinity that sinned but humanity. Hence the necessity of the hypostatical Union of Natures (as I understand it). This is the reason why God deemed it fitting to come as man, becoming fully God and fully Man: that the punishment due unto the sins of the world could be atoned in him (through the sufferings endured in his body) and through his blood give salvation (For he is God, who alone has power to save) to all who call to him with their hearts.

The Angel’s greeting

The greeting of the Angel Gabriel reveals the preordination of Mary as the Mother of all. “Hail Mary, full of grace the lord is with you”. “IS” “Full of Grace” she had already been prepared and filled with the Spirit of God beforehand; sanctified even before her birth through the merits of Christ yet in anticipation.
She was here representing the whole human race. I believe that just as Eve ate of the fruit first and cooperated in the fall of man, so here God gives the world a second chance in Mary to utter her “fiat” for the whole of humanity, thus cooperating in the salvation of all mankind. It was through disobedience to God and obedience to creatures that man fell, for sin is two-dimensioned. While it is an aversio a Deo (a turning away from God), it is also a convertio ad creaturis (turning towards created things) at the same time (for instance, a rejection of light is in itself an acceptance of darkness, there are no middle courses). Through Mary the beginning of a new convertio ad Deo dawned. It is fitting that just as the old aversio a Deo was initiated by “the woman” the new convertio ad Deo would come through another “woman”. The former fall was through Adam (as he was the head of humanity) and this time the reconciliation is through Christ (the New Man and Head of the New Creation). In the former the woman played an active role so in the later it is fitting that the New Woman plays an important role too, this is the reason why she had to consent to the will of God in place of the whole of mankind and therefore merit the title of Co-redemptrix. The end of history is in the reconciling of all things in Christ. It is the placing of Christ’s enemies under his feet; Christ becomes all in all. Therefore since the end of history is in the “Christification” of all things (as Karl Peschke puts it) it follows that Mary has merited for herself a permanent and irreplaceable place in the work of “reconciling all things in Christ” for she was the first co-worker of Christ in this work.

MARY MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACES AND PATRONESS OF THE FAMILY

For an average Catholic, whenever this topic is introduced, what quickly comes to mind is the feast at Cana. Here Mary played a great role. One of the most touching things about that incident is the fact that those, for whom she was bothered, neither knew about the situation nor asked for help, she just took their pain upon herself and interviened. This teaches us the importance of Mary in the lives of Christians, and to the family. It is not without reason that this role is showed by God in a marriage feast. Maybe to show her role as patroness of the family; to show her ability to protect the family even when they do not know what dangers lie ahead of them; even when they do not know what to ask her, and even when they are not devoted to her. What then would she not do for her clients; for families dedicated to her?
She wielded great power “over” her son. The power, which is exclusive to her: the power of motherhood. Her motherly love was the cause of the extraordinary faith she had in him when she turned to the servants (ignoring His “excuses”) and said, “Whatsoever he asks you to do, do it” (Jn 2:5).
As has been shown above, Mary is the mother of all. She intercedes for all those who do not know how to pray to her Son; for those whose sins intimidate them to approach the throne of the Almighty. She is in the best position to assist the family, since she herself had undergone different difficulties in her own home here on earth. She understands your heart when you grieve for the loss of your child (to delinquency) for she had also lost her child for three days. She understands your plight when poverty tears your family from all sides for she was also too poor that she offered two pigeons instead of a ram in the temple. She feels your sorrow with you when you grieve over the death of a loved one, for she has watched her son die before her, and was given his dead body to carry. She is beside you when you do not know how to handle certain pressing situations for she herself was confused when asked to leave Jerusalem for Egypt to sojourn there as a refugee. There is nothing she cannot understand, for no matter the shape the difficulty takes, she had already tasted something similar to it.

Conclusion

Subjectively speaking, all that Mary is would be useless if she were nothing to us. If we are not able to plunge ourselves into the ocean of her mercy, if we are not able to please her by calling upon her; by being faithful to the workings of the Spirit in us, then she is nothing to us. We are always her children, but who is she to our families? to us indivivually ? How can we become her clients? It is simply by forming devotion to her and being faithful to her directions. The Rosary is the greatest of the Marian devotions for now and one which she often speaks of in most of her apparitions. She can fill our souls with graces when in reciting her Rosary we also try to imbibe her virtues.
She blesses us when we learn to be decent in word and dressing, when we are humble, when we try to seek the will of God in every situation just as she did. Always pondering over those considerations recommened by St Ignatius “What have I done for Christ, what am I doing for Christ, what ought I to do for Christ”

12 Comments

  • mr mike says:

    I think it is important to point out here that Mary is NOT “co-mediatrix” or “co-redemptrix” (as I have seen) or in any manner equal or on apar with Jesus! also, as much as we love her, we do NOT ‘worship” her, as worship is for God alone.

    • Gallibus says:

      Co- does not mean ‘equal. It means ‘with’. We are all called to be c-redeemers with Christ when we offer sacrifice and intercessions for others. The title co- will be given because it is the expressed Will of God that it be so.
      It was always a puzzle to know why St Matthew gave jesus’ genealogy through St Joseph. It seems that the puzzle has been solved now and it is interesting to note that, because of the Hebrew laws governing inheritance, Mary was betrothed to her father’s brother’s son according to the law of Moses, so that the inheritance would pass within the tribe. Normally, the inheritance would go from father to son, but in the case of an only child who was female, this was the arrangement Moses prescribed. Therefore, St Joseph and the Virgin Mary were first cousins on the paternal side, having the same paternal grandfather. This explains why the genealogy of Jesus, as given by St Matthew’s Gospel, is the same up to the common grandfather, Matthat, and Jesus’ genealogy goes from Matthat, St Joachim’s father, to St Joachim to Mary to Jesus who is generation 77 counting Adam as 1. Joseph was the son of Jacob, St Joachim’s brother. At least, this is what appears most likely given the inheritance laws. According to the law of Moses, this was not an incestuous relationship.
      http://www.catholicbooksanddevotions.com/is-st-joseph-the-first-cousin-of-mary-the-mother-of-god/ s the link for the proposed genealogy but look it up soon because the site will be closed soon due to financial constraints.

  • David says:

    Looks like somebody has a gild complex.

  • Juan N. Trinidad says:

    The problem with the Catholic Church is that has placed the virgin Mary above Christ you could see it in many churches it is Mary who is at the altar, it is to Mary that Catholics ask for healing, it is Mary the center of the faith of every Catholic, Jesus has come to take a back seat in the world, I am sorry but, Jesus is the saviour of the Universe, thanks to the virgin Mary but, her job is finnished.

  • Mario Simonelli says:

    I am sorry for the Catholics believer, and for the writer of the above article; I can fill sorry for them for I come from them, I also helped my grandparents to recite the rosary. The writer of the above article has never read Isaiah 14:14, were the devil said “I will ascend above the heights of the cloud; I will make myself like the Most High” The above article makes Mary equal, if not above God. What is wrong with the Catholic Church? Isn’t Christ sufficient for you? The gospel only cover the life of Christ, because the gospel is Christ. There is not need to call on Mary, the Love of our Lord fills the universe. Sorry, so sorry, to see such a beautiful people so ignorant of the scriptures.
    I think that the goddess Artemis mention in ACTS 19:27, was renamed Mary for expediency.

    • Gallibus says:

      In one of the Lord’s modern messages He said that He wanted us to imitate Him in all things – even His love for His Mother. Jesus does not think the way we do. What is wrong with loving the one Jesus loves? Isn’t Mary also our neighbor, at the very least? If one visits a friend, only to denigrate or ignore the mother, I don’t think one would be showing honor to the family and I don’t think one would be welcome to call again.
      One can’t be so jealous of Jesus that we neglect our brothers and sisters in Christ; He has expressly commanded us to love all.
      Jesus has also said that the miracle at the wedding feast of Cana was given as an eternal sign to us to come to Him through His Mother.

    • Gallibus says:

      Mario, you are laboring under a misunderstanding of Mary’s role and status in the Church. As a created creature, Mary cannot be God who made her. This is obvious, I think. As a humble and obedient servant of God, there is no question of her trying to upstage Him. There is no question of making Mary equal to or above God! Because of her pivotal role in God’s plan of redemption, satan hates her with a passion. In denigrating Mary, you inadvertently place yourself with satan and dishonor God who gave her this role. If God honors her for her loving co-operation in His plan of redemption, who are we to envy her position?
      There is another comment on this site saying that Mary is not the mother of God and so I will reply to that here as well: –
      In denying this fact, you are suffering under an inadequate understanding of the word ‘mother. Did your mother give you an eternal soul? Was she able to do this? Of course not! Rather, was not your body formed in her body and your soul given to you by God who is spirit? Since Mary was not divine but a created creature, how could she give Him His divinity or even His Soul? She could not! Nevertheless, His body was formed in her body and this is what we understand by the word ‘mother’. Since Jesus is God, Mary is God’s mother – no more and no less. God commands us to love our neighbor and honor our parents – do you think He would dishonor His own Commandments and thereby sin by dishonoring His mother? You need to come to terms with what is meant by the word ‘mother’ and with Mary’s role in redemption. To dishonor Mary is to dishonor her creator and Son. Mary intercedes for us to her divine Son who intercedes in turn for us to the Father. Got it? If God has given her this role, who are we to quibble?

      • Mary Pauline says:

        We arere not dishonouring Mary but why do you need her to intercede for you when the bible says Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father and He is our only intercessor.

        • Gallibus says:

          If Jesus, as the only intercessor with the Father, has indicated that the best way to approach Him is through His Mother, then why are we so hesitant to take the hint? Do we thrust ourselves into His presence, shoving His mother aside, resenting the fact that Mary could have more influence with Jesus, being more important than ourselves? Are we like the two brothers who asked Jesus for the seats on either side of Him in His Kingdom? What exactly then is our problem?

        • Gallibus says:

          Re: ‘Have you read the bible for all its worth? Why are you Catholics so blinded?’
          Reply: Since the Catholic Church collated the books of the Bible long before the birth of the Protestant and other impostor churches, formulating the contents of the Bible, it is not the Catholics who are ‘blinded’. Rather, the revisionist and possibly tired and/or lazy men who saw fit to revise the Word of God to justify their own particular misunderstandings have painted you into a corner with their sola scriptura teachings, closing you off to the continuing works of the Holy Spirit. Where in the Bible, even the Protestant limited version, does it say the God will never speak to us again after the life of Christ?
          If Mary is not allowed to intercede for us, then I trust that you will never ask anybody to pray for you? Why do you think Mary should be excluded from the exercise of this act of charity?
          Re: ‘Did Mary physically die on the cross and shed her blood for humanity?’
          Reply: Certainly not, but she suffered in her soul with Him. We are all called to offer prayer and sacrifice for others and so to be co-redeemers with Jesus. Mary is the perfect model of that. Catholics understand that Mary always points us to Jesus: ‘Do whatever He tells you!’
          Re: ‘When I go to heaven, I am going to meet her and give her big loving hug……’
          Reply: Make sure of your welcome beforehand by honoring her in this life or you may never get to heaven.

  • Mary Pauline says:

    Where in the bible does it say explicitly that Jesus has also said that the miracle at the wedding feast of Cana was given as an eternal sign to us to come to Him through His Mother?
    Have you read the bible for all its worth? Why are you Catholics so blinded? Did Mary physically die on the cross and shed her blood for humanity? Whose blood is it that washes away our sins? Is Jesus Who died and saved us from eternal damnation so frightening that you cannot approach Him but must go through Mary? Has not Jesus said, “Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest? Has He not also said, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, but by Me”? Does giving birth to Jesus, make Mary Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient? Where does grace flow from? From God or Mary? If from Mary and if Mary is more powerful than God to make Him change His mind and let you into heaven no matter what you did, then why do you need God? Does it not sound familiar, the Mary you Catholics believe in, who is able to overpower God, that she is similar to Jezebel the manipulative evil queen who overpowered Ahab, the king of Israel? If Mary is your counsellor, then why did Jesus tell the apostles that when He goes to the Father, He will ask for a counselor, the Holy Spirit, Who will be with us and dwell within us? Then you guys don’t need the Holy Spirit, you don’t need God. You only need a puppet son of Mary who does not have more power than Mary and who hides behind Mary waiting for her to ask of him what you requested (that is how you guys have seemed to portray Jesus) and your most powerful Mary. All you need to do is sing her praises and hail her and just petition her. She will get from Jesus all you ask for. When God Who is Awesome and Almighty and Who is a jealous God, demands worship and praise, your Mary who appears in the clouds also demands praise, demands to be hailed 153 times in a rosary. Where is your focus? On God or on Mary? You have a saint for lost items, you have a saint for the cancer patients, you have a saint for hopeless cases, etc why would you need God? Let me ask you, if a thousand of you pray in a thousand different cities on earth at the same time, would your Mary be able to hear and answer all your prayers at the same time? So if that is true, she must be omnipresent like God right? There are so many points I can bring to your attention to turn your heart to Jesus but you are blind and I pray He will remove the scales from your eyes. Just remember this. I too respect Mary. But she is not the same Mary you Catholics pray to. She is the Mother of the Son of God Jesus on earth. In heaven she is among all the angels and saints praising and worshipping God endlessly. She does not command equality with Christ Jesus or God the Father nor the Holy Spirit in heaven and never did she do it on earth. She never wants us to keep praising her or hailing her but she desires that all glorify, honour, praise and worship the Father and Jesus our Saviour. When I go to heaven, I am going to meet her and give her big loving hug. I am not sure where, that Mary you guys pray to, is going to lead you to. Surely not into God’s kingdom cause God’s Word clearly says, Idolator’s (those wbo put others (saints, Mary) before God) will not enter into God’s kingdom.
    I will continue to pray for you Catholics.

  • Gummi Miki Stoll says:

    Mary is the mother of JESUS; NOT the mother of GOD. EL ELYON is GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY GHOST…THE HOLY TRINITY IN ONE GOD. Nowhere from Genesis to Revelation is Mary mentioned as deity. She is as everything in the heavens and Earth and below the earth: GOD’S creation. A chosen vessel, but created. Matthew 1:23 When JESUS was born, the wise men fell down and worshipped Him and presented unto Him gifts: Matthew 2:11 KJV. In Matthew 12:46-50, KJV He speaks of his mother. GOD is from everlasting to everlasting..the ALPHA AND OMEGA…JESUS IS THE ONLY INTERCESOR.

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