The Thirty-Fourth Clarion: The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
"In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph."
Our Lady's words to the visionaries at Fatima on July 13, 1917
With the Solemnity of Pentecost this weekend and coinciding this year with the Feast of the Visitation and the day Pope Benedict XV set aside for dioceses from Belgium to anywhere else in the world to honor the Blessed Mother with the title of Mary, Mediatrix of all graces we thought it appropriate to bring you the rationale for this by Mariologist Dr. Mark Miravalle. There has also been quite a bit of speculation that the Holy Father will proclaim the Dogma of Mary as CoRedemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces. While we feel it is highly unlikely and still seems a long shot, we are nevertheless bringing you the second part of this rationale for this "Final Dogma" because of its importance. Dr. Miravalle, professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University at Stuebenville, is author of the book "Mary: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate."
THE FINAL MARIAN DOGMA part two
Mary: Advocate for the People of God
Thirdly, Mary is our Advocate for the 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
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 own present difficult
The Co-Redemptive role of the mother of Jesus as Co-Redemptrix, 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
The book "Mary
Co-Redemptrix Mediatrix Advocate" theologically expounds this
coredemptive role of Mary in Scripture, Apostolic Tradition, and the
teachings of the Church's Magisterium, and humbly calls for our Holy
Father, Pope John Paul II, to proclaim and define the Co-Redemptive role of
Mary as Co-Redemptrix, 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." Cardinal Luigi
Ciappi, O.P., who served as papal Theologian for every pope from Pius XII
to John Paul II, has written the foreword in strong endorsement of this
work, and himself asserts, quoting the call for the papal definition of
Mary Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, "I share the hope of Dr. Mark
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 Co-Redemptrix, 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 is distributing this work throughout the world
in several languages including English, Spanish, German, Polish, Dutch,
Russian, French, and Italian, and has already received over one million
petitions from over seventy countries throughout the world.
This international Catholic movement has also received the endorsement of
twenty-one cardinals and numerous bishops from the six continents of the
Mother Teresa of Calcutta gave her signature and support as well, and
has asked that Dr. Miravalle's book and petition sheets be sent to over six
hundred Missionary of Charity houses throughout the world.
Vox Populi has received the official endorsement of the international
council of the Legion of Mary, which also seeks to gather petitions from
The two previous popes who defined Marian dogmas, 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.
NEXT WEEK: Second part of Father Dominik Maria's article on the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.