[quote=Grace_Mr.]“Therefore, because of the Annunciation it is only through Mary that anyone can be saved, for it is only through her that Christ could come to anyone on Earth and it is only through her that His Cross could save the world.” I’m sorry, but I don’t see the logic of this.
The prophecies of the Old Testament described Mary as well as her Son. It was about her (and her Son) and not some other woman. She also had Free Will. She could have said “no” to the angel, in which case Jesus would not have been Incarnated through her, would not have died for our sins and saved us all for everlasting life. Mary was given a choice, and she said, “Yes.”
In Christ is all grace. He is, as the Scripture says, “The way, the truth and the life,” and no one can come to the Father except through Him. Without Christ, there is only darkness and death. Therefore, all grace comes into the world through Mary, because Jesus came into the world as a baby through Mary. All life is in Him, all chance of salvation is in Him, therefore all life and all chance of salvation came through her in her Annunciation. She chose that it be poured out to everyone through her in her fiat, when she assented to God’s will for her life and humanity.
Here’s Bishop Irenaeus of the Early Church on the matter (Justin the Martyr says this too):
“Consequently, then, Mary the Virgin is found to be obedient, saying, ‘Behold, O Lord, your handmaid; be it done to me according to your word.’ Eve, however, was disobedient, and, when yet a virgin, she did not obey. Just as she, who was then still a virgin although she had Adam for a husband—for in paradise they were both naked but were not ashamed; for, having been created only a short time, they had no understanding of the procreation of children, and it was necessary that they first come to maturity before beginning to multiply—having become disobedient, was made the cause of death for herself and for the whole human race; so also Mary, betrothed to a man but nevertheless still a virgin, being obedient, was made the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race. . . . Thus, the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. What the virgin Eve had bound in unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosed through faith” (Against Heresies 3:22:24 [A.D. 189]).
[quote=Grace_Mr.]“It is possible for people to be saved without ever having known about Mary or devoted themselves to her.” This is reassuring.
I don’t understand how she is the mediatrix of graces.
When she gave birth to Christ, all graces came to the world through her because all graces are in Christ. In the same way, she gives birth to Christ’s Body throughout the world, for Christ calls her our Mother. Just as she gave birth to Christ, she gives birth to Christ’s Body. Just as all graces came to the world through her, so all graces come to the world through her.
To better understand this, I really recommend reading about Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. You can easily find lots of links between her and the Ark online. It was through the Ark that all grace came to Israel. That was the vessel of the presence of God. God behaves the same way to the New Israel, reaching out to it constantly through the New, living Ark. If you read about these links, I think this teaching may make more sense to you.
[quote=Grace_Mr.] However, I still have yet to read the EWTN link given above, but I will do that next. I read Scott Hahn’s book several
months ago. I remember being so excited and thrilled, but realizing that I was reading too quickly-- read it in one go-- and would have to read it again more slowly.
If Pope John Paul II thought de Montfort’s ideas were okay, then I am reassured. However, I would like to know for sure if the early Church fathers, men who knew the original 12 apostles, taught that we are to go through Mary and she is the mediatrix of graces? Or is that in the EWTN link?
They did teach we are to go to Jesus through Mary, that she is the Mother of Salvation, the Mother of the Church.
The first known use of the word “Mediatrix” is from St. Ephraem in 373 AD. He called Mary, “dispensatrix of all gifts . . . Mediatrix of the whole world,” and wrote, “I call upon you, Mediatrix of the world; I invoke your prompt protection in my necessities.”
Saint Cyril of Alexandria, a Doctor of the Church who lived from 378-444 AD, wrote of her, “Hail Mary Theotokos, venerable treasure of the whole world, light unextinguished, crown of virginity, sceptre of orthodoxy, indestructible temple, which contains the uncontainable… it is through you that the Holy Trinity is glorified and adored, through you, the precious cross is venerated and adored throughout the whole world, through you that heaven is in gladness, that angels and archangels rejoice that demons are put to flight, through you that the tempter, the devil is cast from heaven, through you that the fallen creature is raised up to heaven, through you that all creation, once imprisoned in idolatry, has reached knowledge of the truth, that the faithful obtain baptism and the oil of joy, churches have been founded in the whole world, that peoples are led to conversion.”
These holy men weren’t just coming up with this out of his head; it definitely was implied and built up to by the Tradition of the earlier Church Fathers and is suggested by many passages in the Old and New Testaments.
PS Now I see that I have inadvertently chosen a confusing user name, but all the combinations of my name that I tried were taken already. Anyway, I am not a “mister,”-- I am female.
Thanks for the clarification :D. You had me fooled.
I hope these two posts may help. If they don’t, though, don’t worry. There are lots of really good books on this, and articles online. I tend to ramble in my posts, but I’ve read from several sources on this that are concise and clear. I’m sure the Lord will give you the answers you desire and you will grow swiftly in the fullness of this knowledge. Your humility and earnest seeking after answers will certainly be beautifully rewarded; I’m sure of it. May God always bless you .