Salvation is obtained from... Mary?
The following quotations, from various Catholic sources, will establish fairly well the unbiblical teaching of the Catholic Church which claims Mary to be the distributor or mediatrix of all of God's grace.
Speaking to those gathered at Castel Gandolfo on August 15, 2010, the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Benedict XVI prior to the Angelus said:
... the All Holy is invoked as Heavenly Mother, who holds the Son of God in her arms and under whose protection the whole of humanity finds refuge, with the very ancient prayer, "We shelter under your protection, Holy Mother of God: despise not our petitions in our needs, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and Blessed Virgin".
Dear Brothers and Sisters, let us trust in the One who as the Servant of God Paul VI affirmed "having been assumed into Heaven, she has not abandoned her mission of intercession and salvation" (Marialis Cultus, #18, Paul VI, Feb. 2, 1974). To her, guide of the Apostles, support of Martyrs, light of the Saints, let us address our prayers, imploring that she accompany us in this earthly life, that she help us look to Heaven and that she welcome us one day together with her Son Jesus.-- Vatican
4. ... Great indeed is Our trust in Mary. The resplendent glory of her merits, far exceeding all the choirs of angels, elevates her to the very steps of the throne of God. Her foot has crushed the head of Satan. Set up between Christ and His Church, Mary, ever lovable and full of grace, always has delivered the Christian people from their greatest calamities and from the snares and assaults of all their enemies, ever rescuing them from ruin.
5. And likewise in our own day, Mary, with the ever merciful affection so characteristic of her maternal heart, wishes, through her efficacious intercession with God, to deliver her children from the sad and grief-laden troubles, from the tribulations, the anxiety, the difficulties, and the punishments of God's anger which afflict the world because of the sins of men. Wishing to restrain and to dispel the violent hurricane of evils which, as We lament from the bottom of Our heart, are everywhere afflicting the Church, Mary desires to transform Our sadness into joy. The foundation of all Our confidence, as you know well, Venerable Brethren, is found in the Blessed Virgin Mary. For, God has committed to Mary the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is His will, that we obtain everything through Mary.
1. St. Gregory, Pope, de Exposit. in libros Regum.
2. St. Bernard, Serm. in cap. XII Apocalyps.
3. St. Bernard, In Nativit. S. Mariae de Aquaeductu.
Source: UBI PRIMUM, (On the Immaculate Conception of Mary), Encyclical of Pope Pius IX, February 2, 1849.
4. ...With equal truth may it be also affirmed that, by the will of God, Mary is the intermediary through whom is distributed unto us this immense treasure of mercies gathered by God, for mercy and truth were created by Jesus Christ. Thus as no man goeth to the Father but by the Son, so no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother. ...
6. ... Faithful to the religious example of our fathers, let us have recourse to Mary, our holy Sovereign. Let us entreat, let us beseech, with one heart, Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Mother. "Show thyself to be a mother; cause our prayers to be accepted by Him Who, born for us, consented to be thy Son."
6. Jn 1.17.
7. Ex sacr. liturg.
Source: OCTOBRI MENSE (On the Rosary), Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, promulgated on September 22, 1891.
MAGNAE DEI MATRIS
9. When we have recourse to Mary in prayer, we are having recourse to the Mother of mercy, who is so well disposed toward us that, whatever the necessity that presses upon us especially in attaining eternal life, she is instantly at our side of her own accord, even though she has not been invoked. She dispenses grace with a generous hand from that treasure with which from the beginning she was divinely endowed in fullest abundance that she might be worthy to be the Mother of God. By the fullness of grace which confers on her the most illustrious of her many titles, the Blessed Virgin is infinitely superior to all the hierarchies of men and angels, the one creature who is closest of all to Christ. "It is a great thing in any saint to have grace sufficient for the salvation of many souls; but to have enough to suffice for the salvation of everybody in the world is the greatest of all; and this is found in Christ and in the Blessed Virgin."
1. St. Thomas Aquinas, Super Salut. Ang.
Source: MAGNAE DEI MATRIS (On the Rosary), Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII promulgated on September 8, 1892.
IUCUNDA SEMPER EXPECTATIONE
5. If in all this series of Mysteries, Venerable Brethren, are developed the counsels of God in regard to us -- "counsels of wisdom and of tenderness" (St. Bernard) -- not less apparent is the greatness of the benefits for which we are debtors to the Virgin Mother. No man can meditate upon these without feeling a new awakening in his heart of confidence that he will certainly obtain through Mary the fullness of the mercies of God. And to this end vocal prayer chimes well with the Mysteries. First, as is meet and right, comes the Lord's Prayer, addressed to Our Father in Heaven: and having, with the elect petitions dictated by Our Divine Master, called upon the Father, from the throne of His Majesty we turn our prayerful voices to Mary. Thus is confirmed that law of merciful meditation of which We have spoken, and which St. Bernardine of Siena thus expresses: "Every grace granted to man has three degrees in order; for by God it is communicated to Christ, from Christ it passes to the Virgin, and from the Virgin it descends to us."
Source: IUCUNDA SEMPER EXPECTATIONE (On the Rosary), Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII promulgated on September 8, 1894.
7. It is impossible to measure the power and scope of her offices since the day she was taken up to that height of heavenly glory in the company of her Son, to which the dignity and luster of her merits entitle her. From her heavenly abode she began, by God's decree, to watch over the Church, to assist and befriend us as our Mother; so that she who was so intimately associated with the mystery of human salvation is just as closely associated with the distribution of the graces which for all time will flow from the Redemption.
8. The power thus put into her hands is all but unlimited. How unerringly right, then, are Christian souls when they turn to Mary for help as though impelled by an instinct of nature, confidently sharing with her their future hopes and past achievements, their sorrows and joys, commending themselves like children to the care of a bountiful mother. How rightly, too, has every nation and every liturgy without exception acclaimed her great renown, which has grown greater with the voice of each succeeding century. Among her many other titles we find her hailed as "our Lady, our Mediatrix," "the Reparatrix of the whole world," "the Dispenser of all heavenly gifts."
9. Since faith is the foundation, the source, of the gifts of God by which man is raised above the order of nature and is endowed with the dispositions requisite for life eternal, we are in justice bound to recognize the hidden influence of Mary in obtaining the gift of faith and its salutary cultivation - of Mary who brought the "author of faith" into this world and who, because of her own great faith, was called "blessed." "O Virgin most holy, none abounds in the knowledge of God except through thee; none, O Mother of God, attains salvation except through thee; none receives a gift from the throne of mercy except through thee."
3. St. Bernard, Serm.II in Adv.
4. St. Tharasius, Orat. in Praesentatione.
5. On Off. Graec., 8 Dec.
6. Hebr. 12:1.
7. St. Germ. Constantinop., Orat. 11, in Dortnitione B.M.V.
Source: ADIUTRICEM (On the Rosary), Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, promulgated on September 5, 1895.
AD DIEM ILLUM LAETISSIMUM
12. ... And from this community of will and suffering between Christ and Mary she merited to become most worthily the Reparatrix of the lost world (Eadmeri Mon. De Excellentia Virg. Mariae, c. 9) and Dispensatrix of all the gifts that Our Savior purchased for us by His Death and by His Blood.
13. ... Nevertheless, by this companionship in sorrow and suffering already mentioned between the Mother and the Son, it has been allowed to the august Virgin to be the most powerful mediatrix and advocate of the whole world with her Divine Son (Pius IX. Ineffabilis). ...
14. We are then, it will be seen, very far from attributing to the Mother of God a productive power of grace--a power which belongs to God alone. Yet, since Mary carries it over all in holiness and union with Jesus Christ, and has been associated by Jesus Christ in the work of redemption, she merits for us "de congruo," in the language of theologians, what Jesus Christ merits for us "de condigno," and she is the supreme Minister of the distribution of graces. Jesus "sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high" (Hebrews i. b.). Mary sitteth at the right hand of her Son—a refuge so secure and a help so trusty against all dangers that we have nothing to fear or to despair of under her guidance, her patronage, her protection. (Pius IX. in Bull Ineffabilis).
15. ... Those, alas! furnish us by their conduct with a peremptory proof of it, who seduced by the wiles of the demon or deceived by false doctrines think they can do without the help of the Virgin. Hapless are they who neglect Mary under pretext of the honor to be paid to Jesus Christ! ...
Source: AD DIEM ILLUM LAETISSIMUM (On the Immaculate Conception), Encyclical of Pope Pius X, February 2, 1904.
THE APOSTOLIC LETTER INTER SODALICIA, 1918
The congregation of the Holy Office, in the decree Sunt quos amor, of June 26, 1913, praised the custom of calling Mary Coredemptress; and on January 22, 1914, it affixed an indulgence to a prayer to which Mary is called Coredemptress of the human race. The role of Mary in Christ's redeeming sacrifice is developed by Pope Benedict XV (1914-22) in his apostolic letter Inter Sodalicia, March 22, 1918.
As she suffered and almost died together with her suffering and dying Son, so she surrendered her mother's rights over her Son for the salvation of the human race. And to satisfy the justice of God she sacrificed her Son, as well as she could, so that it may justly be said that she together with Christ has redeemed the human race.
Source: The Church Teaches, Documents of the Church in English Translation, by the Jesuit fathers of St. Mary's College, copyright 1973 Tan Books and Publishers Inc., bearing the IMPRIMI POTEST, NIHIL OBSTAT, AND IMPRIMATUR of the Catholic Church, pages 210-211.
Also from Pope Benedict XV in Inter Sodalicia:
It is for this reason that all graces contained in the treasury of the Redemption are given to us through the hands of the same sorrowful Virgin.
Source: Introduction to Mary, by Mark Miravalles, S.T.D., published by Queenship Publishing Company, P.O. Box 42028, Santa Barbara, CA. 93140-2028, page 76.
21. ... And now lastly may the most benign Virgin Mother of God smile on this purpose and on these desires of ours; for since she brought forth for us Jesus our Redeemer, and nourished Him, and offered Him as a victim by the Cross, by her mystic union with Christ and His very special grace she likewise became and is piously called a reparatress. Trusting in her intercession with Christ, who whereas He is the "one mediator of God and men" (1 Timothy ii, 5), chose to make His Mother the advocate of sinners, and the minister and mediatress of grace, ...
Source: MISERENTISSIMUS REDEMPTOR, (On Reparation To The Sacred Heart), Encyclical of Pope Pius XI, May 8th, 1928.
CARITATE CHRISTI COMPULSI
31. ... Let them pray to Him [Jesus], interposing likewise the powerful patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of all graces, for themselves and for their families, for their country, for the Church; ...
Source: CARITATE CHRISTI COMPULSI (On the Sacred Heart), Encyclical of Pope Pius XI promulgated on May 3, 1932.
Venerable Brethren and Beloved Sons and Daughters: Blessed be the Lord God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies and God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our tribulation. Blessed also, she whom He appointed Mother of Mercy, our Queen and our beloved Advocate, Mediatrix of all graces, and dispenser of all His treasures.
... the glorious Virgin, triumphantly entering the heavenly homeland, through the nine choirs of angels, was raised even to the throne of the most Holy Trinity, who placed upon her brow the triple diadem of glory. There she was presented to the court of heaven, seated at the right hand of the Immortal King of Ages and crowned Queen of the Universe.
And the King saw that she was truly worthy of such honour, glory and empire, because she was more filled with grace, more holy, more beautiful, nearer to the divine, incomparably more so, than the greatest saints and sublimest angels, separately or together. This because she is mysteriously related in the order of the hypostatic union with the Blessed Trinity, with Him who is in essence the Infinite Majesty, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Because she is associated as Mother and Helper of the King of Martyrs in the ineffable work of human redemption, she is also, forever, most powerfully associated in the distribution of grace and divine redemption. Jesus is King of the eternal ages by nature and by conquest. By Him, with Him, and under Him, Mary is Queen by grace, by her divine relationship, by conquest and by singular election. And her kingdom is vast, vast as that of her divine Son, because from her dominion none is excluded.
Source: Pope Pius XII, May 13th, 1946, Vatican Radio Message to Fatima, broadcast after the coronation of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima by Papal Legate Cardinal Benedetto Aloisi Masella, marking the 300th Anniversary of the consecration of the nation of Portugal to Mary. See Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Vol. 38, 1946, pp. 264-266, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, ISBN: 882096046X.
Thousands of souls perish because Mary is withheld from them. It is the miserable unworthy shadow which we call our devotion to the Blessed Virgin, that is the cause of all these wants and blights, these evils and omissions and declines. Yet, if we are to believe the revelations of the saints, God is pressing for a greater, a wider, a stronger, quite another devotion to His Blessed Mother.
Source: True Devotion to Mary, by St. Louis De Montfort, translated by Fr. Frederick Faber, published by Tan Books and Publishers Inc., copyright 1941 by the Fathers of the Company of Mary, Library of Congress Catalog Card No.: 85-50571, ISBN 0-89555-279-5, Preface by Faber, p. xxii.
From the Vatican's new Catechism of the Catholic Church:
969 ... "Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation ... Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix."
Here you see a coin commemorating the pontificate of John Paul II. The front of the coin declares him to be the Pontifex Maximus. On the reverse side is his papal heraldic shield. The large letter M on the shield stands for Mary, the mother of God. The words at the bottom "TOTUS TUUS" are transposed and excerpted from a latin prayer composed by Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort: tuus totus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt, O Virgo super omnia benedicta, which in English reads "I belong to you entirely, and all that I possess is yours, Virgin blessed above all."
Quoting Pope John Paul II, he proclaimed on the feast day of the Immaculate Conception in 1978-
"The Pope, at the beginning of his episcopal service in St. Peter's Chair in Rome, wishes to entrust the Church particularly to her in whom there was accomplished the stupendous and complete victory of good over evil, of love over hatred, of grace over sin; to her of whom Paul VI said that she is ' the beginning of the better world;' to the Blessed Virgin. He entrusts to her himself, as the servant of servants, and all those whom he serves, all those who serve with him. He entrusts to her the Roman Church, as token and principle of all the churches in the world, in their universal unity. He entrusts it to her and offers it to her as her property." -- Insegnamenti Giovanni Paolo II (1978), (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 313)
Source: TOTUS TUUS, by Arthur Burton Calkins, pages 21 and 27, Academy of the Immaculate, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ISBN 0-9635345-0-5, bearing the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur of the Catholic Church.
Amazing isn't it! Pope John Paul II has entrusted himself and the entire church to the care of the Virgin Mary as her "property"! Here is more from John Paul II-
118. At the end of these considerations, let us entrust ourselves, the sufferings and the joys of our life, the moral life of believers and people of good will, and the research of moralists, to Mary, Mother of God and Mother of Mercy. ...
120. Mary is also Mother of Mercy because it is to her that Jesus entrusts his Church and all humanity. At the foot of the Cross, when she accepts John as her son, when she asks, together with Christ, forgiveness from the Father for those who do not know what they do (cf. Lk 23:34), Mary experiences, in perfect docility to the Spirit, the richness and the universality of God's love, which opens her heart and enables it to embrace the entire human race. Thus Mary becomes the mother of each and every one of us, the Mother who obtains for us divine mercy.
Source: VERITATIS SPLENDOR, (Splendor of the Truth), Encyclical of Pope John Paul II, August 6, 1993: (numbers are paragraph numbers), online at EWTN.
Imagine that. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary distributes the graces of God and dispenses all the gifts of salvation that Jesus has won for us. In a nutshell, they say salvation is gained through Mary and this is why she is called Mediatrix. And then, because of her sacrifice and suffering, she also helped redeem the fallen human race. It is no wonder that the Catholics pray to her, they believe her to be the agent of salvation between God and man. She will listen, when God is cold and indifferent to our plight? Note the following from St. Alphonsus Liguori, a respected doctor of the church:
The Glories of Mary
CHAPTER I HAIL HOLY QUEEN
[pg. 6 /18] How great, then, should be our confidence in this Queen, knowing her great power with God, and that she is so rich and full of mercy, that there is no one living on the earth who does not partake in her compassion and favor.
Our Blessed Lady herself revealed this to St. Bridget, saying: "I am the Queen of heaven and the Mother of Mercy; I am the joy of the just and the door through which sinners are brought to God. There is no sinner on earth so accursed as to be deprived of my mercy. ...
CHAPTER II OUR LIFE, OUR SWEETNESS
[pg. 26 /63] Truly are those souls to be pitied who abandon this defense, in ceasing their devotion to Mary, and no longer [pg. 27] recommending themselves to her in times of danger. If the sun ceased to rise, says St. Bernard, how could the world become other than a chaos of darkness and horror?
Applying this question to Mary, he repeats it, "Take away the sun and [pg. /64] where will be the day? Take away Mary, and what will be left but the darkest night?
When a soul loses devotion to Mary, it is immediately enveloped in darkness, and it is in that darkness of which the Holy Spirit speaks in the Psalms: "You bring darkness and it is night; then all the beasts of the forest roam about." (104:20) ...
CHAPTER IV TO THEE DO WE CRY
[pg. 48 /112] St. Anselm reminds us that we may obtain mercy more quickly from Mary than from Jesus, because Jesus is also a judge who can punish, while Mary exercises mercy as a patroness. It is not as if Mary were more powerful than Jesus, for we know that Jesus Christ is our only Savior, and that He alone by His merits has obtained and obtains salvation for us.
He reminds us: "We often obtain more promptly what we ask by invoking Mary than by invoking Jesus. Her Son is lord and judge of all, and discerns the merits of each one; therefore, if He does not immediately grant the prayers of all, He is just. When however, the Mother's name is invoked, [pg. /113] though the merits of the suppliant are not such as to deserve that his favor be granted, those of the Mother supply, that he may receive."
Many things are asked from God and are not granted; they are asked from Mary and are obtained. Now why is this? Because God has thus decreed to honor His Mother. ...
CHAPTER V TO THEE DO WE SIGH
[pg. 56 /128] There can be no doubt that by the merits of Jesus, Mary was made the mediatrix of our salvation - not, indeed, a mediatrix of justice, but of favor and intercession. St Bonaventure expressly calls her: "Mary, the most faithful mediatrix of our salvation." St. Lawrence Justinian asks: "How can she be otherwise than full of grace, who has been made the ladder to paradise, the gate of heaven, the most true mediatrix between God and man?" ... [pg. 57 /129] ... That it is most useful and holy to have recourse to the intercession of Mary can only be doubted by those who have not faith. But, what we intend to prove here, is that the intercession of Mary is even necessary to salvation. We say necessary - not absolutely but morally.
[pg. /136] Again, the holy church calls her 'the happy gate of heaven;' for as the same Saint Bernard remarks: 'As every mandate of grace that is sent by a king passes by the palace-gates, so does every grace that comes from heaven to the world pass through the hands of Mary.' Saint Bonaventure says that Mary is called 'the gate of heaven, because no one can enter that blessed kingdom without passing by her.'
[pg. 61 /143] St. John Damascene did not scruple to cry out: "Pure and immaculate Virgin, save me, and deliver me from eternal damnation!" St. Bonaventure called Mary "the salvation of those who invoked her." And St. Germanus had written previously: "No one is saved but through Mary."
St. Cajetan used to say that [pg. /144] we may seek for graces but shall never find them without the intercession of Mary. St. Antonius expresses it this way: "Whoever asks and expects to obtain graces without the intercession of Mary endeavors to fly without wings."
Blessed Raymond Jordan repeats the same thing: "Our salvation is in her hands." Cassian is even stronger, saying: "The salvation of all depends on their being favored and protected by Mary."
[pg. 62 /145] And as we have access to the Eternal Father, says St. Bernard, only through Jesus Christ, so have we access to Jesus Christ only through Mary: "By you we have access to the Son, O blessed finder of grace, bearer of life, and mother of salvation, that we may receive Him from you, who through you was given to us." ...
CHAPTER VII O, GRACIOUS ADVOCATE
[ pg. /169] 'On this account it was,' says Saint Bernard, 'that the Eternal Father, wishing to show all the mercy possible, besides giving us Jesus Christ, our principal Advocate with Him, was pleased also to give us Mary, as our Advocate with Jesus Christ.' 'There is no doubt,' the Saint adds, 'that Jesus Christ is the only mediator of justice between men and God; that, in virtue of His own merits and promises, He will and can obtain us pardon and the Divine favours; but because men acknowledge and fear the Divine Majesty, which is in Him as God, for this reason it was necessary to assign us another Advo [pg. /170] cate, to whom we might have recourse with less few and more confidence, and this Advocate is Mary, than whom we cannot find one more powerful with His Divine Majesty, or one more merciful towards ourselves.' The Saint says, 'Christ is a faithful and powerful Mediator between God and men, but in Him men fear the majesty of God. A mediator, then, was needed with the Mediator Himself; nor could a more fitting one be found than Mary.'23 'But,' continues the same Saint, ' should any one fear to go to the feet of this most sweet Advocate, who has nothing in her of severity, nothing terrible, but who is all courteous, amiable, and benign, lie would indeed be offering an insult to the tender compassion of Mary.'24 And he adds, 'Read, and read again, as often as you please, all that is said of her in the Gospels, and if you can find any the least trait of severity recorded of her, then fear to approach her. But no, this you can never find; and therefore go to her with a joyful heart, and she will save you by her intercession.'25
Source: The Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787), Edited and abridged by Msgr. Charles Dollen, copyright 1990 by the Society of St. Paul, published by Alba House, New York, pages 6, 26-27, 48, 56, 61-62.
Page numbers after the / slash apply to corresponding pages in The Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Liguori, translated from the Italian, revised by the Right Rev. Robert A. Coffin, published in London in 1868 by Burns, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., publishers to the Holy See.
Dignity and Duties of the Priest
And if, on account of the moral necessity of Mary's intercession for all, every Christian ought to be devoted to the Mother of God, how much more should priests, who are bound by greater obligations, and stand in need of greater graces for salvation, practise devotion in her honor! We priests should remain always at the feet of Mary, asking the aid of her prayers. St. Francis Borgia had great doubts about the salvation of those that have not a special devotion to Mary; because, according to St. Antonine, he who expects graces from God without the intercession of Mary attempts to fly without wings. St. Anselm has gone so far as to say: "It is impossible to be saved if we turn away from thee, O Mary." St. Bonaventure has said the same: "He that neglects her will die in his sins." Blessed Albertus Magnus says: 'The people that do not serve thee will perish." And speaking of Mary, Richard of St. Laurence says: "All those whom this ship does not receive are lost in the sea [pg. 414] of this world." But, on the other hand, he who is faithful in the service of Mary will be certainly saved. "Oh Mother of God," says St. John Damascene, "if I put my confidence in you I shall be saved. If I am under your protection I have nothing to fear; for to be devoted to you is to have certain arms of salvation which God gives only to those whose salvation he wills in a special manner."
Source: Dignity and Duties of the Priest, by St. Alphonsus De Liguori, published by the Redemptorist Fathers, copyright Very Rev. James Barron, C.SS.R., 1927, bearing the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur of the Catholic Church, pages 413, 414.
Here is a typical prayer to Mary from the
Family Consecration Prayer book, prayer #50B:
Act of Consecration to Jesus through Mary
O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of Mercy to You. I, "name", a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property.
Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you. If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: "She will crush your head," and "You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world."
Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.
Below you see a painting of Mary crowned and enthroned as the Queen of Heaven, which can be found in the Cathedral of Lyon, in southern France. On her chest is the breastplate of the Levitical High Priest, inset with four rows of three stones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel. This is depicting Mary as the High Priest, intercessor between man and God, which is blasphemy.
|Exo 39:8 And
he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of
gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
Exo 39:9 It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled.
Exo 39:10 And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row.
Exo 39:11 And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.
Exo 39:12 And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.
Exo 39:13 And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were enclosed in ouches of gold in their enclosings.
Exo 39:14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes.
From the video "666 and the Mark"
Questions and Answers about Mary
6. How is Mary our intercessor?
Mary is our intercessor because in heaven she continues to intercede with her Son, Jesus, for us in the world.
She is our intercessor because of the following reasons: (1) As worthy Mother of God and full of grace, she occupies a middle position between God and his creatures. (2) Together with Christ and under him, she cooperated in the reconciliation of God and mankind while she was still on earth. (3) Now from heaven she distributes the graces that God bestows on his children.
Of course, this intercession is always secondary and subject to Christ's primary and self-sufficient intercessory role. All favors granted by God to his rational creatures are granted in virtue of and because of Mary's intercession. It is not necessary that we explicitly implore her intercessions in our prayers. But whether we mention her or not, it is through her that we receive whatever we receive.
Source: Questions and Answers about Mary, by Anthony M. Buono, a booklet published by Liguori Publications, copyright 1993, and bearing the IMPRIMI POTEST, and IMPRIMATUR of the Roman Catholic Church, page 9.
60. There is but one Mediator as we know from the words of the apostle, "for there is one God and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a redemption for all". [1 Tim 2:5-6] The material duty of Mary toward men in no wise obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows His power.
62. ... Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix(16*). This, however, is to be so understood that it neither takes away from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficaciousness of Christ the one Mediator.
(16) Cfr. Leo XIII, Litt. Encycl. Adiutricem populi, 5 sept. 1895: ASS 15 (1895-96), p. 303. -
S. Pius X, Litt. Encycl. Ad diem illum, 2 febr. 1904: Acta, I, p. 154- Denz. 1978 a (3370) .
Pius XI, Litt. Encycl. Miserentissimus, 8 maii 1928: AAS 20 (1928) p. 178.
Pius XII, Nuntius Radioph., 13 maii 1946: AAS 38 (1946) p. 266.
Source: Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium), promulgated by Pope Paul VI, November 21, 1964.
NO GRACE WITHOUT MARY'S INTERCESSION
... our baptism compels us not only to heed the heavenly Father, but also to heed the great Mother of God, whom the Father created in His eternal plan to be the Mediatrix of grace to mankind. Just as there is no salvation outside of belonging to the Catholic Church, which is the immaculate Bride of Christ, there is no communication of divine grace without the intercession of the Virgin Mary, who acts as the channel of God's gifts.
Source: Our Lady's Path of Contemplation by Peter A. Kwasniewski, The Catholic Faith, 2.6 (November-December 1996): 5–0.
THE SECRET OF MARY
Universal Treasurer of God's Grace
10. 4° God has entrusted Mary with the keeping, the administration and distribution of all His graces, so that all His graces and gifts pass through her hands; and (according to the power she has received over them), as St. Bernadine teaches, Mary gives to whom she wills, the way she wills, when she wills and as much as she wills, the graces of the Eternal Father, the virtues of Jesus Christ and the gifts of the Holy Ghost.
Act through Mary
48. 3° We must never go to Our Lord except through Mary, through her intercession and her influence with Him. We must never be without Mary when we pray to Jesus.
Act for Mary
49. 4° Lastly, we must do all our actions for Mary. This means that as slaves of this august princess, we must work only for her, for her interests and her glory - making this the immediate end of all our actions - and for the glory of God, which must be their final end. In everything we do we must renounce our self-love, because very often self-love sets itself up in an imperceptible manner as the end of our actions. We should often repeat, from the bottom of our heart: <<O my dear Mother! It is for thee that I go here or there; for thee, that I do this or that; for thee, that I suffer this pain or wrong>>.
PRACTICAL COUNSELS CONCERNING THE
SPIRIT OF THE HOLY SLAVERY
Not More Perfect to Go Straight to Jesus without Mary
50. Beware, predestinate soul, of believing that it is more perfect to go straight to Jesus, straight to God. Without Mary, your action and your intention will be of little value; but if you go to God through Mary, your work will be Mary's work, and consequently it will be sublime and most worthy of God.
Source: The Secret of Mary, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, published by Montfort Publications, Bay Shore, New York 11706, bearing the Imprimi potest, Nihil obstat and Imprimatur of the Catholic Church, pages 14, 38, 39.
The Secret of Mary online at EWTN. See also a 1909 printing, and the translation and edition from which the above wording comes as republished by TAN Books.
Note this cover on the Summer 1999 edition (Issue 60), of the Catholic magazine The Fatima Crusader, which cites the apparition of Mary at Fatima as boldly stating "Only I Can Help You"!
The dignity of Mother of God is an almost infinite dignity, says Saint Thomas; for this is to be Mother of an Infinite Being, Who is God. This is why, in creating Her, the Lord preserved Her from original sin, adorned Her with all graces possible for a creature to have, enriched Her with virtues and merits, confided to Her the treasury of His mercies and made Her dispenser of them. - quoted from page 20.
(Note the capitalization of the "H" in her, in the same manner as the references to Deity.)
Here is the entire article online:
Proper Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
The Fatima Crusader is published by the National Committee for the National Pilgrim Virgin of Canada, and is distributed in the U.S.A. with the cooperation of the Servants of Jesus and Mary.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
971. "'All generations will call me blessed': 'The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.' [Lk 1:48 ; Paul VI, MC 56.] The Church rightly honors 'the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of 'Mother of God,' to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs....
That is blasphemy, a doctrine of death, and precisely the "other" gospel Paul warns about.
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
[Mary] ... "to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs...." That is NOT what scripture teaches:
Psa 46:1 ... God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psa 46:7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psa 46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Mary is exalted above all creatures
3. As I contemplate the peaks of these mountains, which are now familiar to me, I often think of Mary. God has raised her above all angelic and earthly creatures and has made her our mainstay on the journey towards heaven.
Source: Pope John Paul II, Angelus: 15 July Val D'Aosta, © L'Osservatore Romano - 18 July 2001.
“There are two kinds of mediation. The first is that one receives something from another, but with some purpose in mind; then the one who has received the gift is not the owner, but must use the gift in such a way as has been told to him; meanwhile another received the same gift but for his exclusive property and has the right to administer it as he chooses.
“The Blessed Mother is in the second category, having received graces in that manner from the Godhead. She is not like a mailcarrier. She does not receive graces from God for an appointed purpose so that She might use them in one way or another. The Immaculate Virgin receives graces from God for Her own exclusive property and She dispenses them to us how She wills, to whom She wills, and inasmuch as She wills, for these are Her own. Here, finally, do we see how holy and great God made His Blessed Mother, and how much we should honor Her.”
Source: Sayings and Examples of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Manila: Franciscan Conventual Publication, pp. 141‑142.
Pope Benedict XVI in Cuba
I have come as a pilgrim to the house of the blessed statue of Our Lady of Charity, la Mambisa as you call upon her with affection. Her presence in this town of El Cobre is a gift from heaven for all Cubans. ...
Let all those you meet know, whether near or far, that I have entrusted to the Mother of God the future of your country, advancing along the ways renewal and hope, for the greater good of all Cubans. — Benedict XVI: Tuesday, 27 March 2012.
I too greatly have wished to come among you as a pilgrim of charity, in order to thank the Virgin Mary for the presence of her venerable statue of the Sanctuary of El Cobre, whence for four centuries she has accompanied the journey of the Church in this nation and given encouragement to all Cubans ...
As I bid you a heartfelt adios, I ask our Lady of Charity of El Cobre to protect all Cubans under her mantle, to sustain them in the midst of their trials and to obtain from Almighty God the grace that they most desire. Hasta siempre, Cuba, a land made beautiful by the maternal presence of Mary. — Benedict XVI: Wednesday, 28 March 2012.
There is a word that aptly describes all of the above Catholic teaching - AntiChrist. Mary has been completely substituted for Jesus as the mediator with mankind, a concept that is utterly unbiblical, and worthy only of the apostate harlot church, Mystery Babylon.
Jesus, the one mediator of God's grace and mercy.
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Rom 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Rom 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
Rom 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
Rom 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Rom 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
1 Cor 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Phil 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Th 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Th 5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
2 Th 1:2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Th 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Th 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
1 Tim 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Tim 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Tim 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Tim 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
2 Tim 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
2 Tim 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Phile 1:3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
2 John 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Rev 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The Bible clearly teaches that grace and mercy for the sinner come from God the Father, through Jesus Christ, the one mediator of God's grace and mercy.
1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Tim 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Here is a diagram illustrating the difference between Catholic teaching and that of the Bible.
Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Who does the Bible say we are to approach for forgiveness under the New Covenant? Jesus, the one mediator of God's grace and mercy!
Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The death of Jesus on the cross is the only sacrifice that redeemed man. To advocate otherwise is Antichrist. Catholics pray to Mary because they look to her for grace and mercy, not Jesus alone, and that IS official Catholic teaching, whether most Catholics know it or not. Salvation will not be found in prayers to Mary (who is quite dead anyway). It can only be found in faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in your place, to wipe away the stain of sin in your life. Nothing Mary did assisted in paying that price at all. Prayers to Mary or saints are completely futile. Pray to God ONLY, and then He will hear you.
Movement to declare Mary Co-redemptrix underway!
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