The Aves Have It
The Dogma of Mary as CoRedemptrix is Clearly Defined in The Hail Mary
On this 148th Anniversary of the Apparition of Lourdes, we are reminded that it is to Jesus through Mary that we can best reach Heaven for the Mother of God is the Advocate, CoRedemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces and the Original Tabernacle of the Living God. Because of Our Lady's full cooperation with God's will and graces, we can attain eternal life. Deo gratias, Sanctae Mariae gratias.
"Only a fool would believe that Our Blessed Mother, so intimately united with Her Divine Son, would relinquish that unity at Calvary, precisely the target action of His entire ministry! One must therefore conclude that said unity continued through that Passion and beyond to the present age. Simply put, it is much easier logically and theologically to accept the continuation of Mary's unity with Her Son than to twist to hell's version of things, which probably does not even accept that this unity ever existed."
Except for tomorrow's meaningless Pro Bowl in Hawaii, football is over and so thankfully we won't hear the tired and worn "he threw a Hail Mary" till at least next September. Isn't it sad how secularists, who know nothing about the Mother of God, and therefore cannot show Her the proper respect and veneration that Her Divine Son Jesus Christ expects from all His children, bandy about a most sacred prayer and Our Lady's name? Why can't they understand that, outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is no greater prayer offered to Heaven than the Angelic Salutation Hail Mary which comes directly from Sacred Scripture and was spoken by one of God's three top Archangels? I must express a bit of bias since that heavenly being is my namesake - Saint Gabriel.
God sent His righthand man - St. Gabriel to announce to Mary her mission if She chose to accept it. No Mission Impossible for this immaculate Virgin for She willingly gave Her fiat, realizing within the intelligence of Her soul Her role in cooperating with God's graces in being Advocate, CoRedemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces.
There seems to have been a lot of fuss regarding The Dogma of The Co-Redemptrix by which we honor Our Blessed Mother as Partner in Christ's role of Redeemer. This reality should be as plain as the "No's" on the faces of those fools who reject truth at every turn and increasingly embrace the guy whose head provides a nice stepping stone for The Mother of God!
Dogma Clearly Included in Mary's Role
It has been written by many that Our Blessed Mother was most certainly The First Tabernacle by which Our Lord was brought to us. The concept of The Real Presence first became a tangible reality not at The Last Supper, but at The Annunciation and through to Bethlehem. It was during this period that Our Blessed Mother accepted and obeyed God's plan for Her in the mission of salvation and brought that plan to fruition in a humble stable. Our Lord first came to us within Her Blessed Womb, and as such She gave humanity the First Eucharist offered yet rejected by many even today. It is obvious that Christ is a part of Mary and Mary is a part of Christ, and therefore any attempt to separate the Two may be lumped with all of the demonic separations of this age, from so-called church and state to morality and society.
Only a fool would believe that Our Blessed Mother, so intimately united with Her Divine Son, would relinquish that unity at Calvary, precisely the target action of His entire ministry! One must therefore conclude that said unity continued through that Passion and beyond to the present age. Simply put, it is much easier logically and theologically to accept the continuation of Mary's unity with Her Son than to twist to hell's version of things, which probably does not even accept that this unity ever existed.
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort exclaims in his masterful book Secrets of The Rosary that ,
"the Angelic Salutation is a most concise summary of all that Catholic theology teaches about the Blessed Virgin. It is divided into two parts, that of praise and that of petition: the first shows all that goes to make up Mary's greatness and the second all that we need to ask Her for and all that we may expect to receive through Her goodness."
Logical Basis in Motherly Experience
There is no greater Mother than Christ's Own Mother, chosen by God from all time; no greater salutation by everyman than the Angelic Salutation Hail Mary. St. Louis says in the same work, that through her full consent to God's Will,
"God became man, a virgin became the Mother of God, the souls of the just were delivered from Limbo, the empty thrones in Heaven filled. In addition, sin was forgiven, grace was given to us, sick people were made well, the dead were brought back to life, exiles were brought home, and the anger of the Most Blessed Trinity was appeased and men obtained eternal life."
Lourdes, where Our Lady appeared 18 times to Saint Bernadette Soubirous has become famous for the multitudes of "graces given and sick people made well." And truly it is to Our Lady of Lourdes that we should pray for healing of a sick world; sick because they have forgotten their Mother - their Heavenly Mother.
What mother can deny that any suffering of her child does not therefore visit her? How can any sane person ever doubt that the cries of a child or his bloodshed do not elicit a corresponding cry or internal bloodshed within the mother? Sadly, such an absurd notion can only be planted in a society where many mothers not only do not anguish with their children, but actually celebrate the death of their child or cause it directly through murder at all stages of motherhood. Any motherhood with any connection to Heaven therefore suffers with the suffering of her child, and such a conclusion is so obvious as to not require further discussion.
The Currency of Redemption
If Our Lord paid the currency of our redemption through His suffering, then does it not make sense that anyone making a corresponding payment toward that salvation account would therefore earn a corresponding redemption title? If we accept that God Almighty is all fair and just, as we must, then would it not be the height of absurdity and injustice to have Mary suffer alongside Her Son for nothing and with no resulting benefit? Logically, then, that suffering by Our Blessed Mother would be an additional deposit in the role of redemption!
It is all there in the Hail Mary
We give Jesus all the love we can by loving and honoring His Blessed Mother. St. Louis writes that by praying this prayer we are giving Mary the same honor She was given by God and we are giving it back to God in gratitude. And Mary's gratitude is such that it can never be matched and her generosity of heart reaches out to all of us everytime we sincerely say the Aves which collect into a bouquet of spiritual roses - a Rosary - and are given to Our Lady as our gratitude for her fiat. If we are sincere, it turns into an endless circle of love and graces. How can we go wrong?
Hail Mary, Full of Grace
Mary is a Repository of Grace just as She was The First Tabernacle Bringing Us
The Lord is With Thee
Logically, this unity cannot be temporary or intermittent, nor can it be
one-sided, and therefore Mary is united with Her Son as well!
Blessed Art Thou Among Women
Mary is Motherhood raised to a Higher Power, and embodying that motherhood
fully and Divinely. Any experience of motherhood is thus magnified in Mary and sanctified.
And Blessed is The Fruit of Thy Womb Jesus
Therefore Blessed is The Womb that gave us our Redeemer. That Womb was
obviously a central Part of our Redeemer's mission for it was through That
Womb that He came to redeem us. Any Central Part of a Divine Enterprise
must likewise be Divine and carry the same characteristic of that Enterprise.
Since Mary's Womb was instrumental in bringing our Redeemer, It must
likewise be instrumental in our redemption! She truly is the Ark of the Covenant, the Living Tabernacle of God Almighty.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
While the Ave Maria emphasizes praise and veneration of Mary, the Sancta Maria focuses on our asking Mary's intercession before the throne of the Triune Divinity as Mediatrix of all graces.
Therefore we unite both the fact that Mary's Womb and thus Mary brought us
our Redeemer and thus was instrumental in our redemption with the added fact
that as the Redeemer's Mother, She experienced and suffered every ounce of
His redemptive sacrifice. Given all of this it makes perfect sense that She is a
Partner in that Redemption, hence Her proper title as Co-Redemptrix!
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Mary is thus also our Advocate and as such continues to assist in our
salvation and redemption to the end of time.
Our Blessed Mother is thrice deserving of the title of Co-Redemptrix. First, She brought our Redeemer into this world and thus served a vital initial role in that Redemption, thereby earning a partnership role in this mission. Second, She suffered with Him at His ultimate sacrifice and thus paid the same coin that He did for our redemption, thus solidifying Her qualification as Redemption Partner with Her Divine Son. Lastly, She continues and will continue to serve as our Heavenly Advocate thus providing further salvation and redemption to the end of time. If God's perfect justice and logic are too complex for our simple understanding, they are likewise yet too simple to be ignored by even our weak humanity, and thus The Blessed Mother's Role as Co-Redemptrix is a Heavenly Fact. It is left for the imperfect fools here on earth to argue what in Heaven is already decided!
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.