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Jesus the Mediator, Mary the Mediatrix of all Graces

Holy Mary Statue Decorated With Real Precious Stone

Holy Mary Statue Decorated With Real Precious Stone

There are many Christians who feel the Mother of Jesus does not deserve the kind of honor given to her by Roman Catholic Christians. While some believe that she is truly the mother of Jesus, others choose to ignore her central presence in the stories of the Annunciation, Visitation, and birth of Jesus. Rather, they try to down play her true status by claiming that even Jesus disowned his mother in the Gospel of Luke when he said, “my mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and keep it” (Lk 8:21). Here, we see a case of interpreting scriptures to suit one’s purposes, rather than focusing on the key message of the gospel, which teaches that Mary was an example of those who hear the word of God and keep it. Catholics agree with these words of the apostle: "for there is but one God and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a redemption for all" (1 Tim. 2:5-6). But Mary's function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power. (Lumen Gentium, # 60)

The Blessed Virgin Mary remains a special feature of Roman Catholicism. This does not in any way negate the fact that we can always pray directly to God. We just love Jesus better through Mary by humbly imitating her virtues. If we desire to do something good, we must realize that it is God who puts that desire in our hearts, so we must ask for the grace to achieve our heart’s desire. One way of doing that is by living our lives in union with Mary, whom God has chosen for great things. This will lead us to grow to genuine love of Jesus.

We call Mary Mediatrix of all Graces because of her presence in the mystery of the incarnation. We must realize that her presence in the incarnation is a powerful sign of her role in the plan of salvation, and the cause of our intimate union with Jesus. "...in a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace." (Lumen Gentium, # 61) Her cooperation with the Holy Spirit at the annunciation was thus, the reality of our redemption. Through her, Jesus continues to send his blessings and graces to the world. We must therefore speak with her words and act with her actions; finding joy in suffering; waiting in silence and stillness for the voice of God, and doing his will always.

The Annunciation

The Annunciation

The Saints Speak of/Honor Mary

Great Saints of Christian history such as Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, Saint Bernard, Thomas Aquinas, Theresa of Avila, Theresa of Lisieux, Dominic, Mother Theresa, John Paul 11 to name a few have honored Mary, and invoked her intercession. Artist through the years have honored her through their paintings, and other Christians too have honored her. Although Martin Luther was separated from the Roman Catholic Church, he preached on Mary’s feast days and saw her as a model of the life of faith. Here are what some of the saints had to say:

Through Mary, we come to her Son more easily.

- Saint John Paul II

Happy, a thousand times happy, is the soul here below to which the Holy Ghost reveals the secret of Mary, in order that it may come to know her; to which he opens the garden enclosed that it may enter into it; to which he gives access to that fountain sealed that it may draw from it and drink deep draughts of the living waters of grace!

- Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendor.
- Saint Padre Pio

Thus, with humility and honor for her, and with child-like trust in her role as the mediatrix of all graces, let us call upon her to intercede for us with Jesus in the words of the Archangel Gabriel:

Hail, Mary! Full of grace

We ask for the grace and mercy of God

Hail, Mary! Full of grace

Help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answer to our prayers

Hail, Mary! Full of grace

We ask for the knowledge of Christ within us

Hail, Mary! Full of grace

We ask that we can see and recognize Jesus in the faces we meet daily

Hail, Mary! Full of grace

Obtain for us grace upon grace to be courageous and willing to say yes to God

Hail, Mary! Full of grace, the lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Mary's Square, Munich

Mary's Square, Munich

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