THE IMAGE OF THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS
EXPLANATION OF THE IMAGE
The messages of Amsterdam are unique in the history of Marian apparitions because Our Lady gives detailed descriptions of its image in six messages.
Mary appears here as the COREDEMPTRIX in three ways:
• She stands, penetrated by God’s light, before the Cross of her Son, with whom she is inseparably united.
• She has a cloth wrapped around her, which she explains,“Listen carefully to what this means. This is like the Loincloth of the Son. For I Stand as the Lady before the Cross of the Son “ (April 15, 1951).
• Her hands have radiant Wounds . Thereby Mary describes in an image the suffering of the body and soul which she borne in union with her Divine Son for the Redemption of Mankind.
Again the Lady directs Ida’s attention to her hands and thus reveals to her that she is MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACE: “Now look at my hands and describe what you see.”
Now it is as if there was a wound in the middle of her hands. From there, from each hand, three rays of light are coming out, shining on the sheep.
The Lady smiles and says, “These are three rays, the rays of grace, redemption and peace” (May 31, 1951). Grace from the Father, Redemption from the Son, and Peace from the Holy Spirit.
In a biblical representation, Mary shows the visionary sheep around the globe that symbolize all the nations and races of the earth. Then she says that they will not find true rest until they lie down and look at the cross of the world. “ (May 31, 1951).
Source: Fr. Paul Maria Sigl,
Die Frau aller Völker ‘Miterlöser Mittler’s Fürsprecherin’
Amsterdam – Rome, March 25, 1998
THE DOGMA OF THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS
The universal motherhood of Mary for all people is described in a threefold way. Our Lady said something unexpected about this: “This image will precede. This image must go over the whole world. It is the interpretation and illustration of the new dogma. This is why I have given this image to the peoples. “ (Dec. 8, 1952)
The image is the interpretation and illustration of a new dogma? Which dogma is the Lady talking about? In the history of Marian apparitions, it is truly unique that Our Lady asks for a dogma in her messages! According to her words, this Marian dogma will be the “final and greatest.” (Aug. 15, 1951) Addressing the Holy Father, she wanted: “See the final dogma, the crowning of Mary, the proclamation of the dogma of Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. “ (Oct. 11, 1953)
More than once, our Mother addressed the theologians directly and explained to them the theological content and great significance of the dogma: “Tell your theologians that they can find everything in their books.” (Apr. 4 , 1954) “The Church will encounter many opposition on account of the new dogma.” (Aug. 15, 1951)
Today, more than 50 years later, the Catholic Church finds herself in this difficult and painful position. On the one hand, cardinals and hundreds of bishops want to see Mary honored through a dogma as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. The same is desired by renowned theologians, many priests and millions of faithful. This title has been loved and used by many mariologists and even saints such as Vincent Pallotti, Anne Catherine Emmerich, Leopold Mandic, Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein, Padre Pio and Mother Teresa.
Also Pope John Paul II used the title Coredemptrix several times. For example, he said in the general audience on September 8, 1982, “Mary, despite being conceived and born without the stain of sin, has participated in an admirable way in the sufferings of her divine Son, to be the Coredemptrix of Humanity. “
However, not everyone thinks in this way, and they have their understandable reasons. Among the cardinals, bishops and theologians, there are many who consider the term Coredemptrix to be easily misundered and therefore fundamentally unsuitable to correctly explain the unique theological role of Mary in salvation history.
Regarding this title, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, at the time Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the German journalist Peter Seewald, in his book “God and the World”, that the cooperation of Mary in the plan of Redemption “is already better expressed in other titles of Mary, while the formula ‘Co-Redemptrix’ leaves too much of the Scripture and the Fathers’ language and thus gives rise to misunderstanding.” Joachim Cardinal Meisner also shares the same Opinion about this issue.
This is to be clearly stated here, for the Archbishop of Cologne, who is certainly the Pope’s best and most faithful friend, would have never given permission in his diocese to celebrate a day of prayer in honor of the Lady of All Nations, whose message is Directly linked to the title Coredemptrix , if the current position of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith was not clearly stated.
This position does not, however, mean that bishops, priests, theologians and faithful may not use the title Coredemptrix . With the great submission to the authentic Magisterium of the Church, the theological order ativan online with no prescription discussion remains open.
When the Coredemptrix is properly explained, it becomes clear that through this Mary is not placed as equal to Jesus as if she were God. The Co- Redemptrix indicates much more that she, as the Immaculate and the New Eve, in perfect union with her divine Son, suffered in a unique way for our redemption. She did this in total dependence upon Jesus and living entirely from Him.
Both Son and mother were truly one heart, one love, one suffering for one common goal, the redemption of the world.
As Our Lady said to St. Bridget of Sweden, “Adam and Eve sold the world for one apple; My son and I bought the world with one heart. “
A dialogue of love
In order that this truth can be proclaimed at the right time, God willing, the theological differences of opinion concerning the title Coredemptrix must be reconciled sooner or later through extensive studies, loving dialogue, and above all through prayer and sacrifice.
Consequently, let’s say that those who are in favor of the title Coredemptrix should show understanding for those who, in their genuine love for Mary, consider this concept unsuitable. Some of them, as mariologists, have written important works about Mary. Yet, out of their concern that Jesus’ unique and incomparable place as the Divine Redeemer could be diminished or that the ecumenical dialogue could be jeopardized, they recommend not using the title Coredemptrix.
There is another group of theologians who have no problem with venerating Mary under the title Coredemptrix , but they do not see any need for that truth to be defined as a dogma. Still others are open to the dogma but consider its proclamation in the near future to be unwise.
Whichever opinion is put forward, the theological discussion must be conducted without controversy, in brotherly love, in mutual respect and respect of the sense of faith (sensus fidei). Perhaps the most beautiful example of this is Pope John Paul II and his closest coworker, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. While Pope Wojtyla appreciated and used the title, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had his reservations. This did not, however, in any way diminish their friendship, which was extremely fruitful for the good of the Church.
One thing is certain, the dogma will above all be the fruit of prayer and it will grow from the hearts of the suffering. It will be a dogma that is prayed and suffered for. The most powerful intercessors are therefore the sick and suffering, among whom are some who are even willing to offer their lives.
The way to true peace
Whether or not it is proper to call Mary the Coredemptrix is a question that theologians, subordinate to the Magisterium of the Church, will continue to work on, all the bishops of the world will be asked their opinion and then the Holy Father will decide. Even if a dogma will never be proclaimed on account of a prophetic private revelation, it is still exceptional that we can even now know the powerful and grace-filled effects of this Marian dogma for the Church and the world.
The Lady of All Nations promised a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit and through this, true peace for the nations.“And the Lady stayed with her Apostles until the Spirit came. The Lady of All Nations will be awarded the dogma, the final dogma in the Marian history, and will be given to the apostles and nations throughout the whole world, in order to give them the Holy Spirit again and anew. Peace, true peace, to the world. “ (May 31, 1954)
The grace-filled effects of the dogma, the victory of Mary over evil and peace in the world which is associated with it, is impressively illustrated in the image. The serpent, as mentioned before, is no longer visible on the globe. However, to conquer the entire power of Satan in the world , Mary, the woman who crushes the serpent’s head, must also be solemnly recognized and honored worldwide in the entirety of her vocation-as the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate.
If and when the dogma will be proclaimed rests, as said, entirely on the Holy Father. In any event, a new Marian dogma will certainly not be proclaimed as long as its theological content is not understood by most and when most of the faithful are barely Marian anymore. So we see that the right time has not come yet.
How come the right time? How should the nations come to appreciate and love Mary as their mother or even come to know about her as the Coredemptrix? What can we, the faithful, concretely do in our daily lives so Mary can one day be solemnly glorified through the last Marian dogma? Our Lady herself gives us the answer: “This is my message for today, because time presses. A great action must be set on foot for the Son and the Cross, and for the advocate and the bearer of peace and tranquility, the Lady of All Nations. “ (Apr. 1, 1951)
What does our Lady mean mean? Our Lady asks us to spread her PRAYER and IMAGE as a completely peaceful contribution that everyone can do in the preparation for the dogma and for world peace. She gave her a name to the diffusion, calling it a “great world action” (Oct. 11, 1953) or even a “work of redemption and peace.” (Apr. 1, 1951)
Source: Conference by Fr. Paul Maria Sigl,
God shows us through Mary, the Mother of All Nations, the way to true peace
Cologne, Germany, May 31, 2009
THE TITLE MOTHER AND LADY OF ALL NATIONS
“UNDER THIS TITLE SHE WILL SAVE THE WORLD.” (March 20, 1945)
In the apparitions of Amsterdam, Our Lady wished to be called by the title “THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS”. In 1996, in agreement with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam, His Excellency, Henrik Bomers, together with his auxiliary bishop and later successor, His Excellency Jozef M. Punt,
If we consider that Mary mentions her new title more than 150 times in her messages, she must be of exceptional importance. Of course, here is not the place to quote all of these passages, but some of the important ones will help us understand more clearly why Mary waited until 1950 to reveal her new title and what this title means.
Already in the first message Mary announces, “They will call me” The Lady “,” Mother “ (March 25, 1945), but that was not yet the complete title. Only after Pius XII solemnly proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption of Mary in Heaven on November 1, 1950, Our Lady presents herself immediately in the next message with her new title, “Child, I am standing on this globe because I want to be Called the Lady of All Nations “ (Nov. 16, 1950).
Our Lady explains why she never used this new name in the five years that she had been appearing, “How is it that this is entering the world just now: ‘The Lady of All Nations’? Because the Lord has awaited this time. The other dogmas had to precede, just as her life first had to precede the Lady of All Nations. All the dogmas that preceded included the life and the departure of the Lady. For the theologians this simple explanation will be sufficient “ (Oct. 5, 1952).
Mary clarifies her new title in a previous sentence with the words of her son, “At the departure of the Lord Jesus Christ, He gave … Mary, to the nations … For He spoke the words,” Woman, behold your son; Son, behold your mother. ‘ One act, and this by Miriam, or Mary, received this new title “ (Oct. 5, 1952).
When attentively reading the messages it becomes apparent that the new title is actually a summary of Mary’s coredemptive, mediatory and intercessory vocation.
In order to make this clear to us, Mary uses her title, her new name THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS, often in direct connection with Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. “The Lady of All Nations stands in the middle of the world before the Cross. She comes under this name as the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate, in this time “ (Dec. 31, 1951). “I have firmly placed my feet on the globe, for in this time the Father and the Son want to bring me into this world as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate” (May 31, 1951).
Further on in the same message she states, “The Father and the Son wish to send Mary, the Lady of All Nations, in this time as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate.”
Source: Fr. Paul Maria Sigl,
Die Frau aller Völker ‘Miterlöser Mittler’s Fürsprecherin’
Amsterdam – Rome, March 25, 1998