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Proposed 5th Marian Dogma

The Dogma and the Year of the Rosary
Dr Mark Miravalle

The following presentation was given by Dr Mark Miravalle, professor of Mariology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and President of the International Catholic Movement of Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici  at the St Louis Marian Conference on January 11th 2003.  The presentation is entitled The Dogma and the Year of the Rosary.

Let us begin in Prayer.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Abba Father, we thank you for the countless blessings you bless each one of us: the blessing of life which comes only from you; for faith; for our families; for our Holy Father; for all the blessings we experience at this time.  We ask that you send the Holy Spirit to give us a wisdom, knowledge and understanding, that we may better serve the Mother for the glory of God, for the salvation of souls and for the triumph of her Most Immaculate Heart.  Hail Mary... Amen.  St Joseph, Patron of the Church.  Pray for us.  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

My friends in Jesus and Mary, when we typically examine the woman we love so much, we typically examine her from our perspective.  We look to the mother of Jesus and we try to tap her meaning from our perspective.  I would ask you tonight to take a different perspective, at least for a moment.  I would ask you to look at the Blessed Mother not from our perspective, but from the perspective of the Most Holy Trinity.  Take a new heavenly gaze at the Woman with which we speak. 

We start with Abba Father, because Abba Father looks at the Virgin Daughter as the greatest created masterpiece.  When Abba Father looks at Mary, he says: ‘Finally, my creative best’ and this is why the fathers of the Church used to say that the blue of the sky comes from the eye of Mary, not the other way around.  That Mary, in her Immaculate Conception is the one opportunity that God the Father was unbridled in creating his best.  And that means in the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother, in her absolute sinlessness and her perfection of Grace, Mary has more ontological goodness than the entire cosmos, galaxies, universes put together, because the Blessed Mother, you see, participates in the life and the love of the Trinity and that’s higher than any natural good.  St Thomas Aquinas tells us that one baptised infant has more supernatural value than the whole universe put together, because that one baptised kid is participating in the life of the Trinity.  How much more for she who is the Immaculate One?  If it sounds staggering, you’re on the right track. 

And then the Father calls her to do that which is truly a wonderment of nature because the Father calls her to give birth to her own Creator and that’s where the Mother gives birth to the Son.  Can you imagine having God in your body, and for the women, in your womb?  You know every time we receive Holy Communion, my friends, for that 15 or 20 minutes we have the body, blood soul and divinity of Jesus in us.  It’s absolute divine genius how that can happen: how God could humble himself so much that we limited and really rather dinky creatures can house Him.  But that’s what happened with the Blessed Mother: not just for the 15 minutes that we receive Holy Communion, but for nine months.  For nine months, day and night, the Mother had God in her and as you know, where God is he sanctifies.  So it would be as if we had a constant nine months of having the Eucharist in us; this was the nine months of gestation when Mary bore her own Creator, Our Lord the Redeemer.  As any child looks to the mother with that special sparkle and love and awe, so too does Jesus look to Mary.

Sometimes the students at Steubenville will ask: well, how do I know I’m not loving Mary too much?  How do I know when there’s too much love? And the answer, of course, is when you love Mary more than Jesus loves Mary.  When you love Mary more than Jesus, then it’s too much but that is ontologically, metaphysically, theologically impossible because the love of Jesus for his mother is an infinite love, and so too, we can never love the Mother too much. There can be exaggerations, there can be things like Mariolatry where we place Mary on the level of the Trinity, but that’s not a disorder of love, that’s an error in the order of truth.  And in fact, in your pursuit of love of the Mother, it’s like going down a road and you go farther and farther and farther and you tap the riches of the Immaculate Heart more and more and more.  You can never go too far on that road.  Mariolatry, placing Mary on the level of divinity, is like doing a sharp 180-degree turn and going in the wrong, opposite direction.  It’s an act of will, based on error, which is more painful for the Blessed Mother than any other pain, when she’s placed in the position of her Son. 

But authentic love of Mary knows no bounds.  You cannot love the Mother too much; you will never love the Mother too much.  We will all live and die and jointly we will never love the Mother as Jesus loves the Mother.  In fact, if we understand her role as Mediatrix, Mary mediates to Jesus his human nature.  That’s how critical the Mother is and, as you know, with the saints St John Eudes, with St Louis Marie de Montfort, with St Maximilian Kolbe and now with Blessed Bartolo Longo, who the Holy Father has put on the map with his apostolic letter on the Rosary, we know that the saints never separate the hearts of Jesus and Mary. You don’t separate those hearts because when you separate those hearts you’re separating what was united in the very womb of the Mother, because the blood from the Mother’s heart rushed to her womb and from that womb came the fleshy, human heart of Jesus.  That’s how united the hearts of Jesus and Mary are.  They cannot be separated and the saints never do.

So the Father looks down and says: ‘Here is my Virgin Daughter: the one time I could create my best.’  The Son looks at this woman and says: ‘Here is my mother,’ and as both saints and psychologists tell us, it’s the name of the mother that’s usually on the lips of the son, no matter when he dies.  If it’s on the battlefield it’s usually his mother; if it’s in the rest home it’s usually his mother; and so too, many mystics tell us that on the cross, Jesus gives us his Mother, and that his last words were ‘mother.’  It is part of the reality that God became man. 

And there’s still the Spirit, because the Spirit looks at the same woman and says ‘Ah, the means by which I will bring sanctification to humanity.’  As St Maximilian says, the Holy Spirit works only through the Immaculata, not by necessity, but by desire.  What does that mean?  It means the Holy Spirit, because he started bringing grace to the world through this woman continues to bring every grace of sanctification to the world through this self-same woman.  The Holy Spirit acts only through the Immaculata, even for those who have sadly not accepted the Mother.  Still the Mother, in her love, becomes an instrument for the graces of the Holy Spirit to enter every baptised Christian, because the Spirit says ‘If I were to be incarnate,’ which the Holy Spirit never was, as St Maximilian tells us, but ‘If I were to be incarnate, it would be like her,’ and that’s why St Maximilian says, (you know how spouses share the same name) that the Holy Spirit is the Uncreated Immaculate Conception, the Uncreated Conception between the love of the Father and the Son, and that’s why Mary takes the name Immaculate, because they’re spouses, and this is the profundity of the Spirit’s love of the Mother. 

So my friends, if you look at the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and you see Trinitarian Mariology, in other words how the Trinity looks at Mary, the response should be nothing short of awe.  And this is where our eastern Christian brothers and sisters have it very right.  There’s awe with the Mother of God.  They do not so much try to drag her down into our sinfulness, as much as say before her: She is a new creation.  She is a being, while always a creature, that in a certain sense is more unlike us than like us because of her plenitude of Grace. 

You know that the classic Mariologists have said that at the moment of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, she had more grace than all angels and saints put together. Then, from that initial fullness of grace, she grows in grace every time she says yes to God, which is every conscious moment of the Mother. That’s why you can understand how at the end of her life she did in fact have to be assumed into heaven.  The grace that she possessed was beyond that which could taste and touch humanity, in this life.

So we start there, we start with this revelation, and I emphasize this because we can tend to see Mary just in terms of things good in themselves, like the ecumenical dialogue.  Now let me be very clear from the beginning: every Catholic is called into the ecumenical mission of the Church.  We all have to share the Holy Father’s call to unite with other Christian brothers and sisters, because if we don’t feel the pain in our heart of separation, then to that degree our heart is not conformed to the heart of Jesus.  But we can never ever compromise the truth about the Blessed Mother, the truth about the Eucharist, the truth about the Holy Father for the sake of ecumenical dialogue.  This is forbidden by our Holy Father and it’s forbidden by the Second Vatican Council. 

If we think we are serving our Faith whenever we minimize the truth about the Blessed Mother, we’re sadly mistaken, because what we’re doing is we’re passing on our Gospel, not the Gospel of Jesus, because the Gospel of Jesus has the Mother central in the Incarnation and the Redemption and that has to become our Gospel as well. 

So first, my friends, it’s awe: she’s truly the new creation.  And then we can examine: what is she to us?  What is the Mother to us?  How is she Mother to us?  Now to answer this question, I want to read from a letter of the now Venerable, and soon to be Blessed, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which is dated August 14th 1993. 

It was almost ten years ago, after the 1993 St. Louis Rosary conference, that I had the privilege of journeying to Calcutta. During that time Mother Teresa started what, in my opinion, is the greatest promulgation for the fifth Marian Dogma of anybody. This is what Mother Teresa wrote: She said, and I quote:

Mary is our Co-redemptrix with Jesus.  She gave Jesus his body and suffered with him at the foot of the cross.  Mary is the Mediatrix of all grace.  She gave Jesus to us, and as our Mother she obtains for us all his graces. Mary is our Advocate who prays to Jesus for us.  It is only through the heart of Mary that we come to the Eucharistic heart of Jesus.  The Papal definition of Mary as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate will bring great graces to the Church.  All for Jesus through Mary.  God bless you. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.’

Now I want to go through these three descriptions of the now Venerable Mother Teresa, on not only the truth that the Church teaches, the truth that the Papal Magisterium teaches about our Blessed Mother as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate, but also why the Dogma? Why does the Pope have to proclaim this?  Why do we need it now? 

But before I go through these, I want to quote the recent release from the postulator of Mother’s cause, showing that in fact Mother Teresa received inner locutions during her earthly life, a fact that most of you are aware of that at this time. It has been released by Fr Brian who is postulator of Mother’s cause. 

In the locutions that Mother Teresa received, she once again received the role of Mary as the Co-redemptrix.  Please listen to these words as they were released, written back towards 1946.  Mother says:

my own Jesus, what you ask is beyond me.  I can hardly understand half the things you want.  I am unworthy, I am sinful.  I am weak.  Go Jesus, and find a more worthy soul, a more generous one.’ 

Our Lord responds:

You have become my spouse for my love.  You have come to India for me.  The thirst you had for souls brought you so far.  Are you afraid now to take one more step for your spouse, for me, for souls?  Is your generosity grown cold?  Am I a second to you?  You did not die for souls.  That is why you don’t care what happens to them.  Your heart was never drowned in sorrow, as was my mother’s.  We both gave our all for souls.  And you, are you afraid that you will lose your vocation, you will become a secular and you will be wanting in perseverance?  No, your vocation is to love and suffer and save souls and by taking this step you will fulfill my heart’s desires for you.  You will dress in simple Indian clothes, or rather, like my Mother dressed: simple and poor.  Your present habit is holy because it is my symbol.  Your sari will become holy because it will be my symbol. 

You see Our Lord speaks about how He and the Mother gave their all for souls, that’s Co-redemptrix and maybe Mother Teresa became such a hero for Co-redemptrix because for fifty years she herself was a co-redeemer.  Fifty years in mystical darkness, fifty years experiencing a type of rejection from God, while at the same time being an apostle of joy for everyone else. She said:

I even tried to hide my suffering from Jesus himself and every time he brought me a suffering, I looked to him with a big smile and said: “Thank you, Jesus."'

  This is awesome sanctity.  This is awesome co-redemption, making up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His body, which is the Church. 

Mother Teresa also had a vision as she reports.  She said:

I saw a very big crowd, all kinds of people, very poor and children were there also, they all had their hands lifted towards me, standing in their midst.  They called out – “come, come, save us.  Bring us to Jesus!”  Again that great crowd, I could see great sorrow and suffering on their faces.  I was kneeling near Our Lady who was facing them.  I did not see her face, but I heard her say’: “Take care of them. They are mine.  Bring them to Jesus.  Carry Jesus to them.  Fear not.  Teach them to say the Rosary, the family Rosary and all will be well.  Fear not. Jesus and I will be with you and your children.”’ 

So this is why Mother Teresa had such a clear understanding of this role of the Blessed Mother – souls through suffering. 

As our Holy Father tells us, the Blessed Mother at Calvary was spiritually crucified.  He calls her Co-redemptrix on six occasions.  He tells us that which the Fathers of the Church tell us, that we’re saved, each one of us are saved, by the Blood of Jesus and by the tears of Mary, so united are they as Redeemer and Co-redemptrix. 

So first of all, in fact, the Blessed Mother is the Co-redemptrix.  Now of course for the sake of clarity we say again what the Church has said many times: This never places the Blessed Mother on a level of equality with Our Lord Jesus Christ. ‘Co’ means ‘with,’ it does not mean ‘equal,’ otherwise St Paul could not call each one of us to be co-workers with God.  Does that infer that we are all equal with God?  Of course not.  We all must intimately participate with God for our salvation and for the salvation of others. 

Think of Padre Pio, my friends.  How many souls did Padre Pio bring to heaven because he suffered with Jesus and Mary?  We can’t just take the bi-locations of Padre Pio without the suffering of Padre Pio for souls. 

And the same for the Little Flower; the same for the great French mystic, Marthe Robin, who for fifty years was in bed suffering with the stigmata and lived only on the Eucharist.  For fifty years she never used the rest room because she never took anything in.  These are co-redemptive souls.  And these are the people we must remember when we are called to suffer for the sake of the name of Christ and for the sake of the name of the Church.  So our Mother is the Co-redemptrix; she uniquely suffers with and under Jesus Christ to become the Mother of all people. 

She is secondly the Mediatrix of all graces.  This too is an awesome title.  This means that every single grace of redemption merited by Jesus on the cross comes to us through the Blessed Mother, through her mediation.  And in many ways it is very simple because God comes to us through Mary first.  Jesus is uncreated Grace.  Of course every later grace is going to follow the same path from the Father through Jesus, through the Mother to us; and so she is the Mediatrix of each and every grace.

We see this powerfully at Cana.  What happens at Cana?  The Blessed Mother is concerned; and not for the disciples of Jesus, by the way.  The people at Cana were not disciples, not these people at the wedding.  They were non-disciples who are out of wine and as you’ve heard countless times, it is the Mother who notices they’re out of wine.  Can you imagine the missionary, messianic, public ministry of Jesus Christ taking place over a second round of wine at a wedding?  How insignificant!  Why?  For it is the ‘insignificant’ things that burden our hearts right now.  Right now in this room.  Things that are on our hearts; our families, our spouses, our kids, our Faith, our priests, our Church.  All of our burdens are her burdens. There is no burden so light that the Mother does not want you to give it to her so that she can mediate grace to you.

And that’s why it’s a second round of wine at a wedding.  The mother sees detail, and it’s part of femininity.  You know we’ve got three kids, and as we go to Mass, my concern is that we get there on time; my wife’s concern is that hair is brushed and people look neat.  This is a dramatic difference between male and femaleness.  The man wants to get there on time, he’s productivity; the woman notices detail.  St. Edith Stein said it beautifully: ‘Women have the gift of the particular.’  The men wouldn’t have any idea whether the hair is braided or not; they’re concerned about gas in the car. 

Well, the Mother, the woman, at Cana noticed that the wine ran out and the Mother notices the needs you have right now.  She knows the smallest needs, even the little ones, because that’s part of a mother’s heart and she wishes you to free her by bringing them to her so she can intercede.  That’s the love of the Mother of all peoples, and that’s why I point out that at Cana, these are not disciples.  Its not just Christians; she’s not just the Mother of Christians.  She’s the Mother of every single human being because Jesus dies for every soul, even those who reject him. 

As one nursing mother said, ‘we all have to be humble'.  We have to go to the breast of Mary for the spiritual milk of sanctifying grace and to do that we have to realise just how small we are, just how dinky. We’re just little kids, after all, in the eyes of heaven.  Heaven’s clear about it.  The question is: Are we clear about it?  Are we clear just how much we need our Mother?  We need her desperately. 

Thirdly, as Mother Teresa says, the Blessed Mother is an Advocate, she is the ultimate intercessor on our behalf, she pleads our cause. This is something even from the Old Testament; the Queen Mother, the Queen of every Davidic king was the way that the people got to the king.  St Louis de Montfort puts it beautifully, he say that if you have something you want to give to the King, let’s say you’re a peasant, a farmer, and you want to give him the first fruit of your crop, your apples let’s say, and you just hand it to the king, well the king is grateful, but its not the same as if you give it first to the queen, and the queen puts it on a gold platter and the queen purifies it, washes it and the queen presents it in her name and your name to the king.  And the king has awe at your gift and that’s what happens when you go through the Blessed Mother as our Advocate.  She brings what we take, what we offer; she purifies it.  She knows her kids.  Her kids are sinful, they’re fallen, she knows that.  She purifies what we give, she then makes it more palatable to God because it comes through an Immaculate Heart and then Jesus rejoices all the more because we go through the Advocate, that he gave us at the suffering, at the price, of Calvary. 

So, simply put, she’s the Mother suffering, she’s the Co-redemptrix; she’s the Mother nourishing, she’s the Mediatrix of all graces; she’s the Mother pleading, she’s the Advocate. 

Now the last thing Mother Teresa says, and it’s well worth taking note because she says: ‘this proclamation, this Papal definition will bring great graces to the Church.’

Why does the Holy Father have to proclaim this if it is already a teaching of the Church?  Because, my friends, in the mystery of God and his freedom he will not force grace upon us.  Grace must be asked for.  Grace must be released by our freedom.  And this is also true about the full intercessory power of the Blessed Mother.  She will not fully be our Co-redemptrix. We see this in so many ways in the weeping Madonnas throughout the world, because she’s suffering because her kids are suffering, and they don’t realise that they need her to cease the suffering.  Talk about a pain, a wound in the Mother’s heart: that instead of going to her, they try their own devices and add suffering to suffering.  So, she weeps as the Co-redemptrix, because we’re not tapping her as the solution, the remedy for today. 

The same is true about her role as Mediatrix and Advocate.  She needs us to recognise her officially, to fully perform her role as distributor of graces and as our pleader, our intercessor. She needs our freedom, she needs our ‘yes,’ paradoxically, to say yes to the graces which were really promised at Fatima.  Because, my friends, we’re talking about nothing other than the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

Our Blessed Mother said at Fatima that ‘in the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph and a period of peace will be granted to the world.’ But for that to take place, she must be acknowledged, she must be recognised. 

How much do we need do we need her right now?  How serious is our situation?  Well, this morning, as I was in the Pittsburgh International airport awaiting the flight, I saw a headline-flashing screen as you enter the four gates to Pittsburgh airport, and I must say I was put aback by the headlines of today, on how much we need this Mother now. 

The first headline: ‘35,000 troops sent to the Persian Gulf making the total nearly 80,000 US troops, in preparation for a possible war.’  We are on the brink of war and I offer you not a political statement but a moral comment: We should always look to Rome, not just for wisdom in terms of doctrinal elements, but also in relationships between state to state, between sovereign to sovereign, between country to country, because Rome, the Vatican, has been saying over and over and over, please do not do this.  

I want to read you the quote of Archbishop Tauran, who is the Secretary for Relations with States, and what he says about a possible invasion. He says this:

there is no provision made in the United Nations charter for a preventative war. That means you cannot go to war to stop a war.’ 

He then says:

it is necessary to think of the repercussions that war would have in the Muslim world.  It could unleash a sort of anti-Christian, anti-western crusade as some illiterate masses get it all confused.’ 

And so through L’Osservatore Romano, through the Vatican spokesman, through the Archbishop in charge of relations to states, its been one great caution to the Western world, and in particular to our own administration:  do not do this.  You know there’s been about 12 to 15 episcopal conferences worldwide writing to our government saying: please do not do this.  That’s moral consideration we all have to examine. 

The headlines continued: ‘More than 1 million North Koreans rallied in support of the government’s withdrawal from nuclear non-proliferation treaty making a nuclear build up a probable element.’  In other words a million North Koreans rallied yesterday, in acceptance of the fact that their government has rejected a treaty to stop nuclear proliferation.  It was also mentioned today that if any sanctions are sent to North Korea that North Korea will take that as an invitation and an initiation of war itself.  This is today.  These are the headlines of this morning. 

And they continue: There are unprecedented signs of political instability in the Israeli political arena with the recent pulling of the plug of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during a public conference by the central election commission.  We all know how dangerous the situation is in the Middle East right now.  We once again have to look to our Holy Father, we have to look to Rome, because when the Holy Father went to this troubled area he was absolutely clear that Palestine deserves its own autonomous land as every people do. 

The Holy Father is not a politician, he is a pastor, he is a Father and he is a saint. And we have to also examine his wisdom in these areas as well, because first, my friends, we are members of the one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  We have to listen to the wisdom of the Holy Father in these very delicate political elements which have moral ramifications. 

And it continued, more domestically; the headlines said: ‘is the job rate as bad as it looks?  With a horrible outlook for US jobs, with nearly 200,000 jobs slashed in the last two months.’ Is it not sometimes the case that first we look to the Dow Jones for our stability rather than to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?  This is dangerous.  This is a materialism that can be creeping.   It can affect all of us.  We have only one refuge: it’s our Mother’s Immaculate Heart.  It’s consecration to that Heart and it’s living daily in that Heart. 

What the headlines did not add were the headlines of the last couple of weeks which you all are aware of: The new element of cloning.  Whether or not the first effort is authentic or not, we have now crossed a new grisly threshold by trying to play God.  As if we have not slapped the Father’s face, and remember the Father is the Creator, He is the one who gives us images of Himself in the womb, if we have not slapped His face enough in the last thirty years in our own country, where we can estimate clearly somewhere around 50 million kids aborted. My friends, be careful about the new numbers of abortions going down.  It’s not that they’re going down, it’s that we can’t count them any more, because there are so many contraceptive abortifacients, that these children never get to the statistics, they never get to wall implantation in the womb. 

So, with one hand we’re slapping the Father’s face with abortion, and now with the backhand we slap him with cloning, believing that we can in fact be God.  How many monsters are we going to come up with before we realise that creation is the domain of the Almighty?  Will God infuse a soul into these DNA xeroxes?  Or is it going to be a type of sense-soul where you’re talking about a human body and something more like an animal soul?  This is as grisly as it sounds.  And each of us who know, each of us, should be offering reparation to the pain, to the heart of Abba Father, for the grave offence of cloning.  And we’ll see, we’re on the horizon of this, but it may be well.  It may be that the Father will let us see a few renditions of what happens when we think we can be creators and then when we see how horrific it is, maybe we’ll give it back to him. 

And this also does not include the headlines of the scandals, the great difficulties within the Church in the West, which we’re all aware of.  Do we need the Mother?  We need her.  We need her desperately. 

And what do we do in the light of these elements?  We as always are children of hope and prayer and light.  See what the Holy Father has done.  Truly this man, I believe, will go down in history as the third ‘Great’ after Leo and Gregory, because you examine greatness in light of historical context and this Holy Father has not only given us a Catechism and a council and canonised more saints, but he’s also brought forward the Church at a critical time of human history. 

You know the Church is almost increased one third since John Paul II has been Pope?  One third! It went from 700 million to over one billion Catholics.  And it’s not been an easy 25 years.  And that’s the wisdom of this Holy Father. As he continues to show his wisdom, what does he do?  Right now, he gives us the Mysteries of Light.  He gives us Rosarium Virginis Mariae; he gives us the Rosary apostolic letter.  Can you not see that the Pope is saying:

Darkness is here; more darkness is coming; let me be Light, as the Vicar of Jesus.  And let me bring you to light and the way I can bring you to Light is to give you the beads of spiritual power.  I can give you the Rosary back again and I can embellish the Rosary by giving you new meditations, so you will be concentrating on Light during this time of darkness, so that you don’t get lost in the darkness yourselves.’ 

That’s the prophetic dimension of John Paul II.  That’s why this Rosary apostolic letter is so important.  That’s why we’ve got to be praying the Rosary more generously during this year. 

You know we’re only four months into this Rosary year. There’s a lot of Grace left.  And we have to be focusing on the Light and the Victory of Christ, which will be shown through the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, more than on the darkness, because if you focus on the darkness it’s the first step of entering into it.  If you put down your Rosary and only read the headlines, you will enter those headlines.  If you keep your Rosaries praying, you will mitigate those headlines.  That’s why we’ve got to keep the beads praying, and that’s especially true for families. 

You know the pope said: ‘Families are in crisis.’  Perhaps we had an option before of praying the family Rosary.  I would suggest to you that we no longer have that option.  If you want your families protected; spiritually in peace and in purity and in grace, then you’ve got to pray the family rosary, even if you’re the only one who’s going to do it.  Maybe in a couple of months you’ll get a few other members of the family to join you, but be a beacon of light in your families by praying the family Rosary.  As the Holy Father says: ‘Give it a try.’  And we have to be praying these Rosaries, this great weapon which Our Mother gave us so long ago, through St Dominic, for the world situation.  And that comes first, I believe, through the proclamation of the Dogma, because Our Blessed Mother will not force her roles upon us; a mother doesn’t do that.  She has to be invited. 

The Holy Father said in that Rosary apostolic letter, he said:

any human understanding of the world situation and the people involved means we need God’s intervention for peace.’

  That means that with all the political efforts and all the diplomatic efforts, it’s at a point where it will only come from above.  We have to be participating in that.  So, what do we do?

Number one, you pray for the Dogma; pray for the Holy Father and for the Dogma.  Don’t let him carry that cross by himself.  Put your shoulder under his cross and you do that by praying for the Dogma, and that means at Rosaries, at Masses, during times of sacrifice, all you have to say is three simple words: ‘For the Dogma,’ and Our Mother will take care of the rest. Do so especially during your sufferings, because, remember, it is a dogma of co-redemption.

Secondly, praying that Rosary with a new fervour, a new understanding that really, as Blessed Bartolo Longo says: ‘The Blessed Mother is all powerful by grace.’  Not by nature, but by grace. We’ve got to be keeping these beads going perpetually during this time.

Lastly, I would suggest to you also a prayer which Our Blessed Mother gave, through the approved apparitions of Our Lady of All Nations, in Amsterdam.  The bishop, Bishop Punt, on May 31st of 2002, this year, approved apparitions of Our Blessed Mother.   The Dogma movement is not based on the apparitions, but as is so often the case, private revelation confirms public revelation.  Faustina confirms the Holy Father in Dives in Misericordia.  So too Amsterdam. These apparitions of Our Blessed Mother, where she comes and says:

I want to be proclaimed as the Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate and unless I am proclaimed, you will not have the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.’ 

This confirms the eighty years of theology and development of doctrine that people like St Maximilian and great theologians and cardinals like Mercier and others. And I must say one of the greatest modern apostles for the Dogma is the late Cardinal Carberry of St Louis.  His love for his Mother; his love for the Dogma.  Cardinal Carberry wrote to every cardinal in the world, asking them to support Our Holy Father for this dogma and he is certainly doing more for us, with Mother Teresa, upstairs than he did down here. 

But we have to do our part too, and I suggest this prayer of the Lady of All Nations because it was a prayer given specifically for the Dogma.  In fact, in St Louis is the National Centre of Our Lady of All Nations, where you can get this prayer, which, again, is approved by the bishop.  The prayer is short and sweet and powerful. It says:

Lord Jesus, Son of the Father, send now your Spirit over the earth.  Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war.  May the Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary, be our Advocate.’

My friends, we are in degeneration, we are in disaster and we are in war, almost.  And one element I forgot to mention, much to my own discredit, is Africa.  Do you know that the recent reports in September and October were that between ten and twelve million of our African brothers and sisters would starve between now and April? 

On December 16th the UN changed that number. Between now and May, thirty-eight million Africans would starve.  We think of ourselves and our needs; we have to think of them identically. We’re concerned about social security and IRA’s; they are starving now! Now, at this moment. 

So, we have degeneration, disaster and nearly war.  Let’s invoke the Mother.  We shan’t despair.  We mustn’t despair.  That pleases no one.  It certainly doesn’t please the Mother.  We have to keep our hope.  We have to do our share.  Let’s make it a new resolution to pray for our Holy Father, for the Dogma, to pray the prayer of the Lady of All Nations, to really become people of the Rosary.  Pray to Blessed Bartolo Longo.  He’s an incredible blessed. A former satanic priest, turned apostle of the Rosary.  Now that’s powerful conversion. 

So, I ask you simply to do your part to bring two prophecies forward.  Number one that the Immaculate Heart will triumph; number two the scriptural prophecy, that all generations will call her blessed.  These will take place when our Holy Father proclaims the Dogma.  Let’s do our share; keep it in our hearts and in our prayer. 

Let’s ask our Mother:

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Sweet Mother of all peoples, our Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate, we consecrate ourselves afresh to you.  We consecrate our hearts without reserve to your Immaculate Heart.  Help us to be your sons and daughters.  Help us to be your slaves.  Help us to be your property.  Help us to be all that you want us to be.  Give us, Mother, especially through our Guardian Angels, a reminder to pray daily for our Holy Father, he who is the masterpiece of the Triumph and for the proclamation of the Dogma, that you may truly be the Mother that you desire to be for all peoples of all nations.  Come, Mother, and be our remedy now.  Hail Mary ...  Amen.  St. Joseph, patron of the Church, pray for us.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Thank you and God bless you.

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