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Pope Francis: Jesus entrusted Mary to us as a Mother, ‘not as co-redeemer’

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Vatican City, Mar 24, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis on Wednesday said that Jesus entrusted the Virgin Mary to us as a Mother, “not as co-redeemer.”

Speaking at his general audience on March 24, the pope said that while Christians had always given Mary beautiful titles, it was important to remember that Christ is the only redeemer.

He was addressing a theological debate about whether the Church should issue a dogmatic definition declaring Mary “Co-Redemptrix,” in honor of her role in humanity’s salvation.

“Jesus extended Mary’s maternity to the entire Church when He entrusted her to his beloved disciple shortly before dying on the cross,” the pope noted.

“From that moment on, we have all been gathered under her mantle, as depicted in certain medieval frescoes or paintings. Even the first Latin antiphon — sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix: the Madonna who ‘covers,’ like a Mother, to whom Jesus entrusted us, all of us; but as a Mother, not as a goddess, not as co-redeemer: as Mother.”

He continued: “It is true that Christian piety has always given her beautiful titles, as a child gives his or her mamma: how many beautiful things children say about their mamma whom they love so much! How many beautiful things.”

“But we need to be careful: the things the Church, the saints, say about her, beautiful things, about Mary, subtract nothing from Christ’s sole Redemption. He is the only Redeemer. They are expressions of love like a child for his or her mamma — some are exaggerated. But love, as we know, always makes us exaggerate things, but out of love.”

The pope gave his address, dedicated to prayer in communion with Mary, in the library of the Apostolic Palace due to coronavirus restrictions. The address was part of his cycle of catechesis on prayer, which he launched in May and resumed in October following nine addresses on healing the world after the pandemic.

Noting that he was speaking on the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Annunciation, which falls on March 25, he said: “Christ is the Mediator, Christ is the bridge that we cross to turn to the Father. He is the only Redeemer: there are no co-redeemers with Christ. He is the only one. He is the Mediator par excellence.”

Christ’s “one mediation,” he said, sheds light on the role of Mary.

“She occupies a privileged place in the lives of Christians, and therefore, in their prayer as well, because she is the Mother of Jesus,” he said.

Referring to a celebrated image of Mary in Bari Cathedral, southern Italy, he emphasized that the Virgin points the way to Jesus.

He said: “Her hands, her eyes, her behavior are a living ‘catechism,’ always indicating the hinge, she always points out the center: Jesus. Mary is completely directed toward Him to such an extent that we can say she is more disciple than Mother. The directions she gave at the wedding at Cana: ‘He: do whatever he will tell you.’ She always refers to Christ. She is the first disciple.”

He continued: “This is the role Mary fulfilled throughout her entire earthly life and which she forever retains: to be the humble handmaid of the Lord, nothing more. At a certain point in the Gospels, she almost seems to disappear; but then she reappears in the more crucial moments, such as at Cana, when her Son, thanks to her caring intervention, performs his first ‘sign,’ and then on Golgotha at the foot of the cross.”

He described how Christians began to pray to Mary, using expressions found in the Gospels, such as “full of grace” and “blessed are you among women.” The Council of Ephesus in AD 431 approved the title “Mother of God,” which was added to the Hail Mary prayer.

Reflecting on the line “now and at the hour of our death” in the Hail Mary, he said: “Mary is always present at the bedside of her children when they depart this world. If someone is alone and abandoned, she is Mother, she is there, near, as she was next to her Son when everyone else abandoned him.”

“Mary was and is present in these days of the pandemic, near to the people who, unfortunately, have concluded their earthly journey all alone, without the comfort of or the closeness of their loved ones. Mary is always there next to us, with her maternal tenderness.”

Concluding his reflection, he said: “She listens as Mother. Just like, and more than, every good mother, Mary defends us from danger, she is concerned about us even when we are concentrated on our own things and lose a sense of the way, and when we put not only our health in danger, but also our salvation.”

“Mary is there, praying for us, praying for those who do not pray. To pray with us. Why? Because she is our Mother.”

In remarks at the end of the audience, the pope expressed sorrow at terrorist attacks in the West African state of Niger that have claimed 137 lives.

“Let us pray for the victims, for their families and for the entire population so that the violence suffered may not cause them to lose trust in the path of democracy, justice and peace,” he said.

He also conveyed his sympathies to people affected by flooding in the Australian state of New South Wales

He said: “I am near the people and the families affected once again by this calamity, especially those who saw their houses destroyed. I give encouragement to those who are doing everything possible to search for those who are missing and to bring aid.”

He also noted that World Tuberculosis Day falls on March 24, the day in 1882 when the German physician Robert Koch announced that he had identified the bacterium causing the infectious disease.

The pope said: “May this annual event foster a renewed interest in the treatment of this disease and increased solidarity toward those who suffer from it. Upon them and their families, I invoke the Lord’s consolation.”


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    • Daughter of the Church

      Holy Mary is Co-Redemptrix as she shared proportionally equal sufferings with her divine Son Jesus Christ, and it is through sufferings and only through sufferings that comes the Redemption. Holy Mary is our advocate, and she is the advocate who has never lost a case, as one may testify of the love that Jesus for His Mother, and for the filial obedience that Jesus had for His Mother here on earth. She is the first Christian and the most perfect Christian. Her sufferings have no equal but for her divine Son Jesus Christ. Her sufferings are infinitely more appreciated than the sufferings of all the saints and martyrs combined, and what did the other saints and martyrs suffered for if not for the Redemption of their brothers and sisters?

      Holy Mary gained the love of the Triune God for her humility, which humility was antipodean to the pride of Lucifer. What better proofs of Mary humility but for her own self-effacement. Her words are very few through the gospels: stripped of all verbosity but either sublime in her Magnificat or down to the point in other time during the occasions “she did not keep things in her heart”.
      Holy Mary is queen of the angels. Because, she as a creature, as a 100% “woman” crushed Lucifer’s pride, and therefore restored confidence to the good angels, who as pure spirits had become fearful to become “proud” as Lucifer and his fallen angels had been.
      Holy Mary is described in mysterious way through Ecclesiasticus 24., and even through Titus…

      • Daughter of the Church

        … let’s continue the comment….
        Holy Mary is described in mysterious way through Ecclesiasticus 24., and even through Titus 3, 4-7 “… justified by His grace, we may be heirs in the hope of life everlasting”. Holy Mary is the “woman who will crush the Serpent’s head”. Holy Mary, naming herself Lady of the Rosary at Fatima “will triumph in the end”.
        Mister Bergoglio, may speak ex cathedra from the high chair as the usurper “pope” that he is but, he fails to explains the words of Wisdom: “He who hearkens to me shall not be confounded, and they who work by me shall not sin. They who explain me shall have life everlasting”. Let’s however be charitable to the Anti-Holy-Father, and let’s give him the credit of being just a Bible-Brute, instead of being a stealthy imps of Satan, and please brothers, pray for the restoring to our Mother the Church, to which Holy Mary hold the title of Mother of the Church.
        Holy Mary truly took root in an honorable people, and in the portion of her God her inheritance, and her abode is in the full assembly of saints. Holy Mary is the mother of the Emmanuel, and She taught Him to refuse evil, and to choose the good, for God in His humility became subject to a woman.

      • Daughter of the Church

        We will close this comment about the niggardly “ex cathedra” declaration of Antipope Francis. Mister Bergoglio is kept in the dark about who truly is the BVM. Mister B, antipope number six since year 1958, will not be given the privilege of proclaiming the next dogma of the Church which will be of “Holy Mary Co-Redemptrix”. His antipope predecessors, “Saint” John XXIII has insulted the Mother of God by telling “it is not for our time” after discarding the Third Secret (of Fatima) -in a drawer. “Saint” John-Paul II has sabotaged the Holy Rosary, while feinting “devotion to Mary -including Medjugorje’s the demon”. Mgr. Ratzinger a.k.a. Antipope Benedict XVI has rewritten the Third Secret to man’s liking, while being Prefect of the CDF. Those things have not and never will be forgotten. Mister Bergoglio might very well ending by teh side of with the rich in the fires of hell while this latest begged for Lazarus (in Abraham’s blossom) for a drop of water, with the difference that “Lazarus” might be Mlle. Berthe Petit (of the Sorrowful & Immaculate Heart of Mary)
        There may be years, or may be never that this said dogma of “Mary Co-Redemptrix” be pronounced (because God will say His dreadful “That is enough”).
        Sancta Maria! Mater boni consilii, Vas insigne devotionis, Rosa mystica, Auxilium Christianorum, Consolatrix afflictorum, Regina Angelorum, Regina Sanctorum omnium, Regina sacratissimi Rosarii, Regina pacis, ora pro nobis. Amen.

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