Mary: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate
THE FIFTH MARIAN DOGMA
We are all privileged to be living
during the climax of the universally designated "Age of Mary".
International Marian Centres such as Lourdes, Fatima and places
of contemporary apparition, as well as numerous other contemporary
Marian movements manifest the present climax of love and devotion
to the Mother of Jesus throughout the world.
But along with a climax in devotion
to Our Lady, this Age of Mary is also crucially calling for a climax
in the doctrine about Mary. For authentic love of Mary must be firmly
based upon the authentic truth about Mary.
Up to the present time in the history
of the church, four Marian doctrines have been defined as central
Catholic truths by the Church: the Motherhood of God, the Immaculate
Conception, the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, and her Glorious Assumption
into heaven. It is now time for the church, at the summit of this
Marian era, to proclaim and define the fifth and final Marian doctrine,
that is, Mary's universal mediation as coredemptrix, Mediatrix of
all grace, and advocate for the people of God.
When the Church invokes Mary under
the title, "Coredemptrix", she means that Mary uniquely
participated in the redemption of the human family by Jesus Christ,
Our Lord and Saviour. At the Annunciation (cf.Lk.1:38) Mary freely
cooperated in giving the Second Person of the Trinity his human
body which is the very instrument of redemption, as Scripture tells
us: "We have been sanctified through the offering of the body
of Jesus Christ once for all" (Heb.10:10).
And at the foot of the cross of our
Saviour (Jn.19:26), Mary's intense sufferings, united with those
of her Son, as Pope John Paul II tells us, were, "also a contribution
to the Redemption of us all" (Salvifici Doloris, n.25). Because
of this intimate sharing in the redemption accomplished by the Lord,
the Mother of the Redeemer is uniquely and rightly referred to by
Pope John Paul II and the Church as the "Coredemptrix."
It is important to note that the prefix
"co" in the title Coredemptrix does not mean "equal
to" but rather "with", coming from the Latin word
cum. The Marian title Coredemptrix never places Mary on a level
of equality with her Divine Son, Jesus Christ. Rather it refers
to Mary's unique human participation which is completely secondary
and subordinate to the redeeming role of Jesus, who alone is true
God and true Man.
Secondly, Mary is invoked in the Church
under the title Mediatrix of all grace. All the graces which flow
from the redemption of Jesus Christ are granted to the human family
through the motherly intercession of Mary. Mary mediated Jesus Christ,
the Author of all graces, to the world when she agreed to be the
human mother of God made man (cf. Lk 1:38). And from the cross at
Calvary (Jn 19:26) and as the final gift to humanity, Jesus gives
Mary as a spiritual mother to us all: "Son, behold your mother"
(cf. Jn 19:26). For this reason, Vatican II refers to Mary as a
"mother to us in the order of grace " (Lumen Gentium,
n. 62) and several twentieth century popes have officially taught
the doctrine of Mary as Mediatrix of all graces, quoting the words
of St Bernard: "It is the will of God that we obtain all favours
through Mary." The Mediatrix performs this task in intimate
union with the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, with whom she began
the drama of our Lord's Redemption at the Annunciation (cf. Lk.
Thirdly, Mary is our Advocate for
people of God, in that she takes the petitions of her earthly children,
especially in times of difficulties, and brings them through her
maternal intercession before her Son and our Lord Jesus.
In the Old Testament, the Queen Mother
brought the petitioned needs of the people of Israel to the throne
of her son the king (cf. 1 Kings 2:19). Now Mary is the new Queen
Mother and Advocate in the new Kingdom of her Son, who brings the
petitioned needs of the people of God to the throne of her glorious
Son, Christ the King, particularly in our present difficult times.
The universal mediation of the Mother
of Jesus as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate
for the people of God is already contained in the official and authoritative
teachings of the Church's Magisterium. Now, at the summit of the
Marian era, what remains is the final proclamation by the Church
of this final Marian doctrine as Christian dogma revealed by God.
Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici (Voice
of the People for Mary Mediatrix) is an international lay organization
that seeks to work for the papal definition of our Lady as Coredemptrix,
Mediatrix, and Advocate by gathering petitions from the faithful
throughout the world in humble support of our Holy Father for this
final Marian dogma. Vox Populi humbly calls for our Holy Father, Pope
Benedict XVI, to proclaim and define the universal mediation of Mary as
Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate as "Christian dogma revealed by God,
in rightful veneration of the Mother of Jesus, and for the good of the
one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church of Christ".
Vox Populi has already received nearly
7 million petitions and has also received the endorsements of 43 cardinals
and over 550 bishops worldwide from the Universal Church. The two previous
popes who defined Marian Dogma, Pius IX and Pius XII, both referred to the
international petitions of the faithful as one of the criteria that led to
the final acts of papally defining the Marian dogmas of the Immaculate Conception
and the Assumption.
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 fill out the petition, adding lines as necessary,
and mail it to:
Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici,
P.O. Box 220
Tel (800) 647-9882
Please write to this address for a
suitable contact address if you live outside the U.S.A.