The Mother of the Redeemer: Wednesday during the Octave of Easter, April 19, 2017 (The Centenary of Fatima)


An Anniversary

Saint John Paul II wrote one encyclical specifically about Our Lady, Redemptoris Mater, dated March 25, 1987.

On this the thirtieth anniversary of its publication, we especially recall The Mother of the Redeemer for its connection to the Marian Year of 1987.

Another important aspect of this encyclical is its explanation of Marian mediation. The Pontiff wrote: “In effect, Mary’s mediation is intimately linked with her motherhood. It possesses a specifically maternal character, which distinguishes it from the mediation of the other creatures who in various and always subordinate ways share in the one mediation of Christ, although her own mediation is also a shared mediation. In fact, while it is true that ‘no creature could ever be classed with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer,’ at the same time ‘the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise among creatures to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this unique source.’ And thus ‘the one goodness of God is in reality communicated diversely to his creatures.’” (38)

Being aware of Our Lady’s motherhood and meditation allows us to understand better our need to entrust ourselves to the Virgin-Mother. Again, the Bishop of Rome: “The Marian dimension of the life of a disciple of Christ is expressed in a special way precisely through this filial entrusting to the Mother of Christ, which began with the testament of the Redeemer on Golgotha. Entrusting himself to Mary in a filial manner, the Christian, like the Apostle John, ‘welcomes’ the Mother of Christ ‘into his own home’ and brings her into everything that makes up his inner life, that is to say into his human and Christian ‘I’: he ‘took her to his own home.’ Thus the Christian seeks to be taken into that ‘maternal charity’ with which the Redeemer’s Mother ‘cares for the brethren of her Son,’ ‘in whose birth and development she cooperates’ in the measure of the gift proper to each one through the power of Christ’s Spirit. Thus also is exercised that motherhood in the Spirit which became Mary’s role at the foot of the Cross and in the Upper Room.” (45)

Continuously, we ask Mary to pray for us and for those entrusted to us. She is our Mother. She is our Mediatrix. She is spes nostra—our hope and that of the Mystical Body of Christ.

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