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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mother of Mercy, continued

There is a good example and explanation in The glories of Mary that, without the explanation, would have all the Protestants saying "Aha! See! You elevate Mary higher than Jesus!" But it is not so, as you will see:
Example.
The Franciscan Chronicles relate that a certain Brother Leo saw in a vision two ladders the one red, the other white. On the upper end of the red ladder stood Jesus and on the other stood His holy Mother. The brother saw that some tried to climb the red ladder; but scarcely had they mounted some rungs when they fell back, they tried again but with no better success. Then they were advised to try the white ladder and to their surprise they succeeded for the blessed Virgin stretched out her hand and with her aid they reached heaven.
Explanation.
This apparition is by no means incredible ; nor is it right to say that it makes the power of Mary superior to that of Christ. The symbolic significance of the vision must be borne in mind. The idea has been expressed repeatedly in the words of St. Bernard and more recently by Popes Leo XIII and Benedict XV : " As we have no access to the Father except through the Son, so no one can come to the Son except through the Mother. As the Son is all powerful by nature, the Mother is all powerful in so far that by the merciful disposition of God she is our mediatrix of graces with Christ. Therefore says Eadmer: :Frequently our petitions are heeded sooner when we address ourselves to Mary the Queen of Mercy and Compassion than when we go directly to Jesus who as King of Justice is our Judge."

Doesn't get any clearer than that, does it?

I just found a link on Spirit Daily that also illustrates my point in the post below this one:

WE NEED MARY IN ORDER TO DIE TO OURSELVES

“Thoroughly recognize, by the light of the Holy Ghost, our inward corruption, our incapacity for every good thing useful for salvation, our weakness in all things, our inconstancy at all times, our unworthiness of every grace, and our iniquity in every position. The sin of our first father has spoilt us all, soured us, puffed us up and corrupted the dough into which it is put. The actual sins which we have committed, whether mortal or venial, pardoned though they may be, have nevertheless increased our concupiscence, our weakness, our inconstancy and our corruption, and have left evil remains in our soul” (de Montfort, pp 48-49).

Christ spoke of dying to self, using the grain of wheat as a metaphor. “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (Jn. 12:25-26). Paul, likewise said, “I die daily, I protest by your glory, brethren, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord “1 Cor. 15:31).

There is no purer way to be drawn to this death than through Mary. It is she who holds the secret of grace that will most easily free us of our bondage to self.

WE NEED MARY AS OUR MEDIATRIX WITH OUR MEDIATOR, JESUS CHRIST

“It is more perfect, because it is more humble, not to approach God of ourselves without taking a mediator. Our nature, as I have just shown, is so corrupted that if we rely on our own works, efforts and preparations in order to reach God and please Him, it is certain that our good works will be defiled or be of little weight before God in inducing Him to unite Himself to us and to hear us. It is not without reason that God has given us mediators with His Majesty” (de Montfort, p. 51).

Undoubtedly, there are many who can recall—as a child—wanting to ask for (or admit to) something of his or her father, but feared imminent rejection or wrath. How many of us turned, instead, to our mothers to ask for her intervention? Because of her special relationship with the father, a child feels more confident of success if a mediator presents the request.

. . .and in order to give us access to His mercies, He has provided us with powerful intercessors with His Grandeur, so that to neglect these mediators, and to draw near to His Holiness directly, and without an recommendation, is to fail in humility. It is to fail in respect toward God, so high and so holy. It is to make less account of that King of Kings than we should make of a king or prince of this earth, whom we would not willingly approach without some friend to speak for us (de Montfort, pp 51-52).

Jesus is our Mediator to God the Father and Mary is our mediator to the majestic Mediator. He came to us through her and it is only fitting that we go to Him through her. Like our own mothers, Mary is perfect charity and will refuse no one who seeks her intercession.

. . . we have three steps to mount to go to God: the first, which is nearest to us and the most suited to our capacity, is Mary; the second is Jesus Christ; and the third is God the Father. To go to Jesus, we must go to Mary; she is our mediatrix of intercession. To go to God the Father, we must go to Jesus; for He is our Mediator of redemption (de Montfort, p. 53).

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