A Book on Apparitions of the Virgin Mary
by The M+G+R Foundation
Who Is Really Mary? ...and... Why Is She So Important?
Allow Us to Explain and Prove It Without Fanaticism
Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ, thus the Mother of God. This is clearly
stated in several places in the Holy Scriptures. By way of example, in the
Gospel of St. Luke (1:32) we hear Gabriel the Archangel telling Mary about the
son that She is about to conceive through the action of the Holy Ghost: "He
shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High...";
Furthermore, as the Secret Concept of the Holy
Trinity (1) is unveiled, the reality of Her Divine
Motherhood (2) can almost be expressed mathematically. It is no longer an
ethereal and elusive manifestation of piety.
Moreover, the Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church has addressed Her as
"Theotokos" [Mother of God] since the early days of Christianity and
gives Her a preeminent role in the Divine Liturgy; and last, but certainly not
least... even the Holy Book of Islam, The Qur'an, gives Mary a preeminence
that not even the Christian Scriptures accord Her. The Holy Qur'an proclaimed
Her Immaculate Conception almost 1200 years before the Roman Catholic Church
proclaimed the Dogma defining it.
About Her Immaculate Conception, thus Her Immaculate Heart
The Roman Catholic Church, through Pope Alexander VII (1661), teaches that:
Concerning that Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, ancient indeed is
that devotion of the faithful based on the belief that her soul, in the first
instant of its creation and in the first instant of her soul's infusion into
the body, was, by a special grace and privilege of God, in view of the merits
of Jesus Christ her Son and Redeemer of the human race, preserved free from
all stain of original sin.
This was underscored by the Apostolic Letter, issued by Pope Pius IX,
Ineffabilis Deus, December 8, 1854, to wit:
And hence the very words with which the Sacred Scriptures speak of Uncreated
Wisdom and set forth His eternal origin, the Church, both in its
ecclesiastical offices and in its liturgy, has been wont to apply likewise to
the origin of the Blessed Virgin, inasmuch as God, by one and the same decree,
had established the origin of Mary and the Incarnation of Divine Wisdom.
This pronouncement by Pope Pius IX was confirmed by Heaven when the Blessed
Virgin appeared to Bernardette in Lourdes, France, on March 25, 1858,
identifying Herself as "The Immaculate Conception".
With this, Heaven had confirmed the way of secure refuge for the times that were
to come: Her Immaculate Heart. This was thereafter confirmed in a
number of Apparitions of Our Lady and of Our Lord, to the point where Her
Immaculate Heart has been referred to as the Noah's Ark of these times
About Her Collaboration in our Redemption
* By the Will of God, She merited to be His Own Mother thus Her role as
CoRedemptrix and Mediatrix was ordained from all eternity.
* Exercising Her freedom of choice we have Her acceptance of the Divine
* At the instant of Hypostatic Union, Mary became the Mother of God-made-man,
Jesus Christ, thus, CoRedemptrix.
* On the cross, Jesus Christ, in His last instruction before His death, gave to
us through St. John, Mary as our own Mother. Thus Her role as Mediatrix, at
that instant, became manifest through its confirmation by God Himself.
St. Ambrose summed up Her role beautifully and truthfully as he said: Who is the
Gate (of Heaven) if not Mary? Mary is the Gate through which Christ entered
the world! [Ref. 14]
Mary and The Gospel
Until the time that Jesus started His public Ministry, He lived a life hidden
from the world. Therefore, all that appears in the New Testament pertaining
the pre-public life of Jesus had to come, by necessity, through Mary. She was
the only one that could have provided such intimate information to the
Mary's importance cannot be dismissed without dismissing the validity of a
significant portion of the New Testament.
On The Immense Power of Mary
"Power" really means ability to "get things done"; it does not require that one
"owns" the power. It means the ability to engage the power needed at a
Monotheistic religions agree that man was created in the Image of God. Thus, if
we take the virtues that man exhibits and take them to perfection, we will
then see and begin to understand the real attributes of God. It then follows
that the power at Mary's command is essentially limited by the power of The
Most Holy Trinity, which is Infinite. How is this possible? Allow this writer
to walk you to that Truth.
What human father, as imperfect as we are, would deny anything to a good and
devoted daughter? None! What human son, as imperfect as we are, would deny
anything to a loving, devoted and self-sacrificing mother? None! What human
spouse, as imperfect as we are, would deny anything to his obedient, loving
and devoted spouse? None!
If we then realize that Mary's father is God the Father; her son, is God the
Son; and her spouse is God the Holy Spirit, what would the Most Holy Trinity
deny Mary? Absolutely nothing! Whatever She will ask of that uncreated and
Awesome Creator, She will obtain. Even when God may not be inclined to do so,
He Will do it - just for Her.
Our Lord left us with such a concrete example - the Wedding Feast at Cana [John
2:1-10]. Jesus had no intention of remedying the situation when the wine ran
out. Mary thought otherwise and This was the first of Jesus' signs: it was
at Cana in Galilee. [John 2:11] At Her
We should come to the realization of the very special and primordial role that
the female of the human species, The Woman, plays in the ongoing history of
humanity, with Mary being the foremost example.
* Mankind fell through disobedience to God.
* Only God-made-man could pay the price of the redemption of humanity.
* Only a woman, by Divine Decree in accordance to the Universal Laws of Nature,
could generate God-made-man. A man could not.
*The woman had to give her consent ["Be it done to me according to thy
word."] as an act of free choice.
Thus, without a female of the human species there would not have been Redemption
of mankind nor the outpouring of Graces at the time of Pentecost.
We must then acknowledge that Mary is indeed the CoRedemptrix of mankind and the
Mediatrix of all Graces.
Going one step further, this writer, without regretting his manhood, must
acknowledge that God has shown favor toward the female member of the species.
After all, the greatest human that has ever lived was a woman: Mary. Jesus
Christ is God-man. He cannot be lumped into the category of human. However,
although Mary was conceived without the stain of the original sin upon Her
soul, She was 100% human. Thus, regardless of how our feelings may have been
conditioned about Mary, Her role was and is essential to the redemption of
Finally, how could it be wrong to show respect for the Mother of God? We are
taught to walk in the imitation of Christ. That works fine for men, because He
is a man. Is it then wrong for any Christian woman to try to walk in imitation
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