MARY, OUR MOTHER

Tuesday, July 24, 2007



MARY, UNIVERSAL MEDIATRIX

2. The Dispenser of All Graces.
It is Mary who administers the graces of God so that St. Alphonsus was able to say: "God desires that all graces should come to us through Mary." And St. Bernard exclaims: "Consider how God wants us to honor this holy Queen of our since He placed in Her the plenitude of all good, so that all graces, hopes and salvation reach us through Her." God is the author of everything that is good, of every grace, of every grade. The wealth of His treasures is inexhaustible but the key that controls them has been entrusted to Mary.

As a house-wife in a well managed home administers the fruit of the labors of father of the family, so it is with Mary. All the graces of God even those of the temporal order come to us through the hands of Mary. The intimate and unbreakable union between Christ and Mary demands the universality of Her mediation. St. Paul calls Our Lord a second Adam, a heavenly Adam. Equally, the Church calls Mary the second Eve. Christ is the head of the Mystical Body; but Mary, according to the words of St. Pius X, is the neck that joins the head and limbs of the Body and transmits life to all the limbs.

For this universal mediation to be practical and fruitful three conditions are required:
1, A total possession of the gift;
2, a will to give it to others;
3, the power to do so.

Nobody can doubt that Our Blessed Lady possesses all graces. The initial grace at the moment of Her conception was already greater than that of the saints and of the angels. A complete sanctity was achieved in Her since She was, in the words of the Angel, full of grace when becoming the Mother of God. The final grace in Mary was beyond all description and calculation since it never stopped growing for one single moment. Rightly was She called Empress and crowned as the Queen of heaven and earth.

The second and third conditions are that Mary should be willing and able to give us all graces. This is evident since it comes as a matter of consequence from Her sweet titles of Mother and Queen. Mary is then to our great happiness the channel by which the grace of God flows into us.

[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]