This blog was started on July 21st, 2015, after my Mary, Our Mother blog had mysteriously disappeared. I will post only Marian items, especially regarding Medjugorje and other Marian apparitions. Thank you for reading this blog. May it give great glory to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
QUEEN OF PEACE
Saturday, November 14, 2015
“The Outcome Is Already Assured” – The Message of the Lady of All Nations
“The Outcome Is Already Assured” – The Message of the Lady of All Nations – April 29, 1951
Most people are not aware of a series of apparitions and messages which took place from March 25, 1945 until May 31, 1959. These apparitions and messages were given to a woman named Ida Peerdeman in Amsterdam, Holland. The importance of these messages is inestimable for they deal precisely with our times. The revelations to Ida Peerdeman by the Lady of All Nations portray in detail the events that precede and that will bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, most importantly the declaration of the final Marian dogma of Mary as The Lady of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. On May 31, 1996 Bishop Hendrik Bomers, Bishop of Haarlem – Amsterdam gave approval to the Lady of All Nations in a pastoral letter.
April 29, 1951
“I stand here as the Co-redemptrix and Advocate. Everything should be concentrated on that. Repeat this after me: The new dogma will be [referred to as] the ‘ dogma of the Co-Redemptrix.’ Notice I lay the special emphasis on ‘ Co ‘. I have said that this will arouse much controversy. Once again I tell you that the Church, ‘ Rome,’ will carry it through and silence all objections. The Church ‘ Rome,’ will incur opposition and overcome it. The Church, ‘ Rome, ‘ will become stronger and mightier in proportion to the resistance she puts up in the struggle.
The following excerpt is from Adrienne von Speier’s Mary in the Redemption (Ignatius Press). Von Speier was a visionary who was the close collaborator to the famous Swiss theologian, Hans Urs Von Balthazar, who once commented, “To find my best theological contribution, look to the writings of Adrienne van Speier.” Von Speier reports to have received the following insights regarding Our Lady’s role as Co-redemptrix as a direct mystical dictation from Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin. -Ed.
At the Cross, Mary receives a new role through the Son’s suffering. She is not only a regular mother who is losing her human son and standing by him in his hour of death. In addition to this, she is standing here in faith and in obedience to her Son, who is God, in obedience to his will and in supernatural solidarity with his suffering. However, this solidarity now expresses itself precisely in the fact that the Son is unapproachable to the Mother in his dereliction. She must therefore endure something that at first seems hopeless, even though it springs from the mystery of the Son. It could be compared to suffering in purgatory where a soul has to get to know the power of sin but meanwhile does not get to quibble over its personal involvement. It is a purifying suffering, under the weight of sin and the recognition associated with it.
Mary Co-redemptrix: The Fulfillment of Maternal Love
Calvary is the summit of human history, where the drama of God’s salvation of man reaches its climax. Every human experience and expression, every action, every thought, every exercise of free will, finds its meaning and fulfillment only through the Cross.
It is at Calvary that we see enacted the fulfillment of the Mother Co-redemptrix, but in a category of human experience that transcends the dignity and efficacy of any other human vocation. At Calvary, the Mother partakes in the very act of Redemption, which in turn gives Christian meaning, purpose, and value to every other human act throughout the course of history. For it is by the objective measure of salvation, according to the ultimate meaning of love and truth, that all acts will be weighed.
Jn. 19:25-27: "Woman, Behold, Your Son!… Behold, Your Mother"
It has been written, and rightly so, that “if there is an aspect of the mystery of Mary especially fitting to the life and work of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, it is certainly the coredemptive aspect of the person and mission of the Immaculate in God’s salvific plan of love” (1).
The mystery of Mary Coredemptrix is present in the life and writings of St. Pio of Pietrelcina at the highest levels of mystical experience which he lived out in body and soul, and of the theologiacordis transmitted by him to his spiritual children in the language of that wisdom transcending by far a language limited to the solely notional and conceptual (2).
St. Pio of Pietrelcina in the first place lived the mystery of Marian Coredemption in his exceptional mystical experience of the Passion of Christ Crucified, of which he bore the living and bleeding stigmata in his body for fifty entire years, from 1918 to 1968. He became an “imprinted reproduction of the wounds of the Lord,” according to the happy expression of Pope Paul VI (3). In this exceptional mystical experience he co-immolated himself with Christ, assimilating himself in a most extensive and profound manner to the Mother Coredemptrix who immolates herself with the Son on the Cross in order to bring to pass the universal Redemption (4). It has been written that, “Padre Pio penetrated the sorrows of Mary and participated in them, mirrored them, relived them; as his soul had been a partaker in the sorrows of the Passion, so too he had the gift of participating in the sorrows of Mary” (5).
“I wish to tell you, dear children, to renew living the messages I am giving you. Especially live the messages regarding your fasting, because your fasting gives me joy, and by fasting you will attain the fulfillment of the whole plan which God is planning here at Medjugorje. Thank you for having responded to my call” (Our Lady of Medjugorje, September 26, 1985).
The Madonna tells us in this message that fasting is a foundation for bringing forth into full flowering the message of Medjugorje. Note also how fasting has an integral role in bringing about the whole plan of God at Medjugorje. In this article I would like to talk about three aspects of this call of fasting. First of all, the general Medjugorje call to fast by the Gospa. Secondly, the nature and profound fruits of fasting, with an emphasis on understanding fasting in a positive light. Too often we have a negative notion of fasting, much like the negative notion of the Sacrament of Penance which we discussed earlier. This is a great injustice to the spiritual gift that fasting is to the seekers of Christian holiness. Thirdly, and most importantly, I’ll treat how fasting can be incorporated into our lives in a personal and family way, how we can prudentially, and in a way that sanctifies our family, incorporate this call to fasting.
Sacred Heart of Jesus: Furnace of Love for the Church
It is certainly true that this adorable Heart is a burning furnace of divine love, radiating its fire and flame in all directions, in heaven, on earth, and even in hell: in heaven in the Church Triumphant, on earth in the Church Militant, and in purgatory in the Church Suffering, and to some degree even in the hell of the damned.
If we lift our eyes and hearts to heaven, to the Church Triumphant, what shall we see? We shall behold an innumerable army of saints, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, confessors and virgins. What are all these saints? They are so many flames from the immense furnace of the divine Heart of Jesus. Is it not the love of that kind Heart which brought them into the world, enlightened them with the light of faith, and gave them strength to conquer the devil, the world and the flesh? Is it not the goodness of that amiable Heart which adorned them with all virtues, sanctified them in this world and glorified them in the other; which kindled in their hearts the love they bear to God, inspired their lips with His divine praises, which is the source of all that is great and holy and admirable in them? If then one celebrates during the course of the year so many feasts in honor of these same saints, what a solemnity is due to this divine Heart which is the principle of everything that is glorious and noble in all the saints!
Immaculate heart of the Virgin Mary (devotional type image) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Blessed Aren’t Thou Among Women: Mary Co-redemptrix and Catholic Feminist Theology
As the doctrine of Mary Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate comes closer to being dogmatically defined, one naturally considers the implication of such a definition. Throughout the ages, Marian dogmas have come at times when certain aspects of the faith needed to be clearly defined and understood for the good of the entire Church. They have also enabled Mary to work in the ways in which she is known – for instance, she did not call herself the “Immaculate Conception” until Lourdes, after the dogma had already been defined.
The definition of Mary as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate and Queen is significant for many reasons, but especially because this dogma would define Mary’s relationship to us. The others define aspects of her life and being, but this one has implications that might hit closer to home for many. For this reason, consider what it means to have a mother and model woman for the world. What can all mankind learn from her? How can her role and very being actually change our lives? Specifically as a woman, Mary’s life should be a real example for Catholic women (and women of the world) about true womanhood and femininity.
In his classic work on heaven and hell, The Great Divorce, my famous Anglican confrere, C.S. Lewis, provides a vivid depiction of what hell is like. He describes it as a town where all the inhabitants are quarrelsome. Their quarrels with one another are so constant that they are continually moving from house to house and from street to street to get away from one another. This moving away from one another has been going on for so long that no one would think seriously about turning around and going back to the center from which they each came. All of the inhabitants have built houses that please them individually without ever realizing that they have needs that only living in proximity with others can fulfill (1). In Lewis’ words, “The trouble is they have no needs. You get everything you want just by imagining it. That’s why it never costs any trouble to move to another street or build another house” (2). They have no use for or need for what Lewis calls “real things” (3).
Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje: October 25, 2015
“Dear children! Also today, my prayer is for all of you, especially for all those who have become hard of heart to my call. You are living in the days of grace and are not conscious of the gifts which God is giving to you through my presence. Little children, decide also today for holiness and take the example of the saints of this time and you will see that holiness is a reality for all of you. Rejoice in the love, little children, that in the eyes of God you are unrepeatable and irreplaceable, because you are God’s joy in this world. Witness peace, prayer and love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”