Why Is The Virgin Mary Considered So Important?
Should She Be Considered co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix Of All Graces?
Indeed She Can and Should, Because She Is!
Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, thus, the Mother of God.
This is clearly stated in several places in the Holy Scriptures as well as in the Holy Qur’an. By way of example, in the Gospel of St. Luke (1:32) we hear Gabriel the Archangel telling Mary about the son that She is about to conceive through the action of the Holy Ghost: "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High…".
As the Secret Concept of the Holy Trinity (1) is understood, the reality of Her Divine Motherhood (2) can almost be expressed mathematically. It is no longer an ethereal and elusive manifestation of piety;
Recognition of the importance of Mary may also be traced to the earliest days of Christianity – even before the Patriarchate of Rome unilaterally claimed absolute supremacy over the other Catholic Patriarchates. The Holy Orthodox Catholic Church (Church of the East) has addressed Her as "Theotokos" [Mother of God] since the early days of Christianity and gives Her a preeminent role in the Divine Liturgy.
This recognition is not limited to those whom the world know as Christians – The Holy Book of Islam, The Qur’an, gives Mary a preeminence that not even the Christian Scriptures accord Her. (3)
About Her Immaculate Conception, thus, Her Immaculate Heart
The Holy Qur’an proclaimed Mary’s Immaculate Conception almost 1200 years before the Roman Catholic Church proclaimed the Dogma defining it.
The Roman Catholic Church, through Pope Alexander VII (1661), teaches that:
This was underscored by the Apostolic Letter, issued by Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, December 8, 1854, to wit:
These pronouncements by Popes Alexander VII and Pius IX was confirmed by Heaven when the Blessed Virgin appeared to Bernardette in Lourdes, France, on March 25, 1858, identifying Herself as "The Immaculate Conception".
With this, Heaven had confirmed the way of secure refuge for the times that were to come (4): Her Immaculate Heart. This was thereafter confirmed in a number of Apparitions of Our Lady and of Our Lord, to the point where Her Immaculate Heart has been referred to as the Noah’s Ark of these times (5).
Mary and The Gospel
Until the time that Jesus started His public Ministry, He lived a life hidden from the world. Therefore, essentially all that appears in the New Testament pertaining the pre-public life of Jesus had to come, by necessity, through Mary. She was the only one that could have provided such intimate information to the Evangelists.
Mary’s importance cannot be dismissed without dismissing the validity of a significant portion of the New Testament.
On The Infinite Intercessory Power of Mary
"Power" really means ability to "get things done"; it does not require that one "owns" the power. It means the ability to engage the power needed at a particular time.
Monotheistic religions agree that man was created in the Image of God. Thus, if we take the virtues that man exhibits and take them to perfection, we will then see and begin to understand the real attributes of God. It then follows that the power at Mary’s command is essentially limited by the power of The Most Holy Trinity, which is Infinite. How is this possible? Allow this writer to walk you to that Truth.
What human father, as imperfect as they are, would deny anything to a good and devoted daughter? None! What human son, as imperfect as they are, would deny anything to a loving, devoted and self sacrificing mother? None! What human spouse, as imperfect as they are, would deny anything to his obedient, loving and devoted spouse? None!
If we then realize that Mary’s father is God the Father; her son, is God the Son; and her spouse is God the Holy Spirit, what would the Most Holy Trinity deny Mary? Absolutely nothing! Whatever She will ask of that uncreated and Awesome Creator, She will obtain. Even when God may not be inclined to do so, He Will do it – just for Her.
Our Lord left us with such a concrete example – the Wedding Feast at Cana [John 2:1-10]. Jesus showed no intention of remedying the situation when the wine ran out. Mary thought otherwise and This was the first of Jesus’ signs: it was at Cana in Galilee [John 2:11] A sign worked at Her request.
The Importance of a Woman in Redemption
We should acknowledge the very special and primordial role that the female of the human species, the Woman, plays in the ongoing history of humanity, with Mary being the foremost example.
This writer, without regretting his manhood, must acknowledge that God has shown favor toward the female member of the species. After all, the greatest human that has ever lived was a woman: Mary. Jesus Christ is God-man. He cannot be grouped into the category of "rank-and-file" human. However, although Mary was conceived without the stain of the original sin upon Her soul, She was all human – body and soul. Thus, regardless of how our feelings may have been conditioned about Mary, Her role was and is essential to the redemption of humanity.
How could it then be wrong to show respect for the Mother of God? We are taught to walk in the imitation of Christ. That works fine for men, because He is a man. Is it then wrong for any Christian woman to try to walk in imitation of Mary?
We cannot expect to reach the height of perfection of Jesus and Mary, but instead of becoming discouraged by it, we should look to the holy men and women of history as a reminder of the level of holiness that may be attained by striving to imitate Jesus and Mary. Jesus and Mary are Whom we should strive to imitate – the role models, so to speak, of humans – and not the holy men and women of history.
+ Mankind fell through disobedience to God.
+ Only God-made-man could pay the price of the redemption of humanity.
+ Only a woman, by Divine Decree in accordance to the Universal Laws of Nature, could generate God-made-man. A man could not.
+ The woman had to give her consent ["Be it done to me according to thy word."] as an act of her free will.
Thus, without a female of the human species willful assent to mother the Incarnate Word of God, there would not have been Redemption of mankind nor the outpouring of Graces at the time of Pentecost.
+ By the Will of God, She was invited to be His Own Mother thus Her role as CoRedemptrix and Mediatrix was ordained from all eternity.
+ Exercising Her freedom of choice we have Her willful acceptance to cooperate in the Divine Plan of Redemption.
+ At the instant of Hypostatic Union, Mary became the Mother of God-made-man, Jesus Christ, thus, CoRedemptrix.
+ On the cross, Jesus Christ, in His last instruction before His death, gave Mary to us as our own Mother through John the Evangelist. Thus Her role as Mediatrix, at that instant, became manifest through its confirmation by God Himself.