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 co-redemptive role as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of all grace, and Advocate for the people of God.
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.
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 favors 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. 1:35).
TOMORROW: Advocate for the People of God and Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici
In a sense, the many fires which destroy land, crops, trees and the like are but a symbol of the real smoke of hatred that feeds upon itself through the media's clever ploys to brainwash us, desensitize us, harden our hearts and minds and make our souls die, through the ever-present use of violence and every immorality that mankind has ever known. These last months, not to mention these last weeks, have brought to the forefront the hideous, unimaginable deaths of children at the hands of other children. Guns have been the weapons of mortal death. However, think about it. Didn't the deaths of those who perpetrated these crimes not begin with the death of conscience, the death of the soul? Is it not proper, at this time, for all of us to re-evaluate our conscience, the state of our soul, and to ask ourselves whether we, too, are a victim of this "smoke" of hatred or apathy that blazes forth finally in gunfire? Where has all this hatred, loathing, and defiance of order come from? Has it always been present or has it ultimately just reached a new maturity - a new low in journalistic standards - by finding a welcome home on the front page of every local newspaper and blaring on the radio and always visible on the television? Hatred is not new. We know this. We know it from the Sacred Scripture, when Adam and Eve sinned, when murder, revenge, and vengeance spread through the human race. Yet, Jesus Christ, Who died hideously for the sins of all mankind, came to erase such crimes, came to show us a new way, the only way, to eternal life. But, after nearly two millenniums we have to ask if mankind has learned this invaluable lesson? Apparently not! In this so-called Enlightened Age where technology has advanced more in the last fifteen years than it did in the previous ten millenniums, we are supposed to be more sophisticated, more intelligent, more savvy, more street-smart, etc. We are better equipped to deal with "violence" for we have sophisticated police departments keeping watch; we have security systems in our homes to keep intruders out. We have security everywhere we go, even to the mall. Moreover, to what purpose? Has crime really diminished? This editor begs to differ with the statistics thrown at us through the media. In these media reports, we are led to believe that overall violent crimes are "down" in this country. Yet, every day there is another report of violence and a good number of them involves one child against another child, or against parental authority that prompts acts of violence. This is alarming for two reasons. First, to have children of tender years thrust into violence because of the death of conscience and soul is a matter to make us all quake in our boots. Secondly, this is the cunning road Adolf Hitler took in his own country before World War II. How many German children, brainwashed by his diatribes, turned on parents, on kinsfolk, all for the sake of this tyrant who, at best, was insane in mind, if not in soul. We don't talk much about this aspect of World War II. In fact, it somehow gets lost behind the media's rapture with the Holocaust. However, that Hitler turned the youth to him, and away from family and moral values is a proven fact. The majority of those Jews and, yes, Catholics, who were persecuted in the death camps and met their end at the end of a gas hose that were ultimately disposed of in the giant ovens of Dachau, Auschwitz and that ilk, the majority were turned into Nazi authorities by youth. That is shocking in itself. Rather than respecting the elderly, the family man, they chose to take the "easy road" by cow-towing to the Third Reich's rhetoric and the promise of a super race. No matter how it is remembered in history, the deaths of most of those in the holocaust, must be answered for at the great trial to come - not another Nuremburg, but rather the Final Judgment!
We can look at this from a distance and judge with our own perspective, our own prejudices, but remember, if we don't learn - beware: history always repeats itself. And it is taking that course today. In fact the course of history has been changed so dramatically in the curriculum history and sociology books that a true student of history wouldn't recognize all the fiction being bandied about! One of the most alarming aspects of this is that the Roman Catholic Church, a main hub, albeit sometimes a cog, in history from the early first century through today, is slowly but surely either disappearing in the annals of these text books or being altered to look like the great enemy of all that was good. Culturism, something the Church promoted so faithfully and blended with the liturgy and the lands inhabited, has become the end rather than the means. African history has snuffed out European history in so many schools that one wouldn't even know King Richard the Lionheart from Little Richard. Now Asian and Moslem forces are trying to forge their history into the school curriculums and administrators are caving in to their demands. History is being altered so badly that one wouldn't recognize their true roots with so many mutant accounts overriding the truth. Take a close look at your school's curriculum. Look carefully at the text books of your child. Are the schools not using the same tactics as Hitler employed? Oh, not in the same "fiery fuhrer" way, but in an even more dangerous, insidious way than that evil man of a half century ago. That is quite a condemnation of today's education system, but, folks, sadly, it is the truth! Even in the Catholic schools, how much Catholicism are the students receiving? Very little. When our sons were attending a Catholic grade school in their early primary years in San Diego there was only one Mass a month for the entire student body! Crucifixes were taken down off the walls of the classrooms becasue, as one teacher told us at a PTA meeting, "it would be too traumatic on the children." Our response to that, besides bull----, was to take them out immediately and begin teaching them the Seton Home Curriculum which incorporates the faith into every subject so that the children don't just learn their faith, they live it! That is what the Catholic schools across this great land need to do, go back to the roots - back to basics. But, sadly, they are saddled with so many regulations forced on them by the government because of government assistance and grants that their hands are tied. They have had to compromise the standard of learning and, by doing so, have compromised the faith.
Look when this first began. Shortly after Vatican II when the Lay movement basically pushed the nuns out and put a tremendous financial crunch on the parishes and dioceses. True, some of the good, holy pious sisters needed to be retired for some were downright mean, even vindictive. But the majority of these nuns were not only faithful to the Church, but held as their primary goal that little Johnny or Mary were going to grow up to be good, responsible Catholics who knew their faith, who knew right from wrong. That no longer exists as the Golden rule has been replaced by the Godless rule. Tomorrow we will continue with the second part of this diatribe about why the Son is being blotted out by the black fire of satan's cunning agenda that has fooled so many into believing that the Golden Rule has been replaced by the Godless rules.
I am asking you to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to unceasingly pray for enlightenment and guidance. This is the mark you must bear in order to persevere until the end.
O, my children, God is a Merciful God and He has made me Queen of Mercy. Therefore, fly into His arms through my maternal embrace, for the Divine Will seeks to have you forever in eternity with Him. You are free to make the choice; too many have willingly chosen the abyss, and I weep for those who do not see the signs of the times.
Now, dear children, I call upon the entire world. I speak to every heart that is open. You must pray for Unity, and you must allow God to bring this unity through His doctrine, which is the Church! You must allow God to transform the world through you, and He can only do this through your heart, for there lies the seat of all virtues, wisdom and all faculties exalted to the higher ego.
Therefore, dear children, I solemnly tell you that never has such Mercy been given to the world. To all who have given their hearts to my Son, to all who daily strive to live the messages, I bless you and thank you. Persevere. Offer more prayer and sacrifice that all may be beneath my Immaculate Mantle. I solemnly tell you that all I have foretold shall now be fulfilled, and you still have not understood my words.
Pray intensely during this Lent. Unite with my Son's Cross. There is Joy, Peace, Love, all of which are everlasting. Come, behold the Cross which has wrought your salvation!
Thank you for responding to my Call!
My dear little children, how I love you! How I long to give you my Love, for it comes from the Triune Divinity and throbs with its infinite appeal for all. I, your Heavenly Mother, see you weep, sorrowing over so many things. Dear children, your earthly life is a veil of tears which come from the soul's longing for God - it's creator. You must realize that I want to wipe away your tears, but to do this I present them to my Divine Son and He showers forth His Mercy to dry the tears.
Know, my precious children, that only in Heaven shall sorrow cease. But that which you suffer now does not have to be a burden. Only through my Son Jesus can that very pain and suffering cause you joy, storing up for you even greater glory with God for all eternity.
I have come by God's Order to show each of you the way back to the True Light...Jesus Christ. I tell you, my little ones, that there are so many who remain hardened, lukewarm. They do not see the danger which swirls around them. They have turned off their consciences and think only with their human faculty, proud of their knowledge, reasoning which they erroneously perceive as wisdom.
God alone is Wisdom and this He does not speak to the mind, but to the Heart where He takes up His abode and dwells.
My children, please pray and become living prayers, for I am warning you of the terrible dangers which your mind cannot grasp, but which lie in wait for you. These events shall unfold very rapidly as I have foretold and which have been foretold in Scripture from ages past.
Dear little ones, do not concern yourselves with those events, but keep your eyes fixed on my Son, upon His Cross, and you shall be victorious over satan. Do not become discouraged, for I warn you because I love you, and I want you with God, your Father, for all Eternity.
Come home, my children. Become simple little children and give your heart to Jesus through mine. Then you shall understand more clearly the signs of the times, and my messages, and you shall fly into heavenly air to be purged forever of the stench of the evil one.
Therefore, I solemnly tell you, labor valiantly for a greater faith, hope and love for the reign of the Antichrist is upon you! Be ever vigilant. Pray! Pray! Pray! Trust in God for all things and you shall not be found wanting. Know I remain with you to guide, to intercede.
I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Pope Severinus becomes the 71st successor of Peter. Though he would live less than three months, passing away on August 2, 640, he nobly fought the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius on the issue of monoteletic heresy. Heraclius retaliated by sacking the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of St. John Lateran
Death of Saint Bernard of Montjoux (or Menthon). He was an Augustinian canon, probably born in Italy, who founded Alpine hospices near the two passes named for him. He is the patron saint of mountaineers.