Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces: A Theological Basis

The doctrine of Mary’s mediation of all graces is firmly rooted both in theological tradition and Sacred Scripture. As the Second Vatican Council states, the maternal mediation of Our Lady, subordinate to the one mediation of Christ, “in no wise obscures or diminishes...

The Little Way — A Marian Way: Part 2

The vocation of St. Thérèse of Lisieux is but the epitome of the “reaction” man is called to give to God’s loving initiative. Her ecstatic exclamation, “I shall be love!” is but the reverberation of, “God is love.” It is only natural, then, that the Little Flower was...

The Little Way — A Marian Way: Part 1

St. Thérèse of Lisieux has sometimes been cited by Marian minimalists who imagine that she is to be numbered among a “chorus” of voices which caution us against “exaggerations” (according to these minimalists) in the practice of Marian devotion. A careful study of her...

Virgo Ecclesia Facta: Mary and the Rebuilding of the Church

The Church in pilgrimage is on a treacherous journey, hampered by factions within and without attempting to diminish her authority. But the promise of Christ holds firm: “Behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt. 28:20). Moreover, Mary, as Mother of...

“Is That Clearly Understood, Theologians?”

The proclamation of Mary’s universal Coredemption as dogma will give unimaginable benefit to the Church and the world-at-large. God will be glorified for having created such a sublime creature to cooperate in his work of salvation; and the Sorrowful Mother, having...

The Five Marian Stones

St. Bonaventure tells us that Mary is spoken of “everywhere in Scripture” (Collationes in Hexaemeron, c. 13, n. 20). A wonderful example is found in the well-known scriptural account of David and Goliath. The five smooth stones chosen by David signify what we might...

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