I recall writing to him and getting a response about 12 years ago, during the Iowa floods of 2008. I was reading a post by him that started with a report, with a picture, that one of the statues of Mary at Medjugorje had been damaged when her left hand had fallen off. It included multiple instances that people had recently written to him, describing how their own Marian statues had suddenly lost the left hand. These ranged from statues outside of churches, which you could attribute to vandalism, to garden statues (possible vandalism, but nothing else was damaged), to one case where a person’s statue of Mary had the left hand fall off, and nothing, no amount of superglue or anything else, could re-attach the hand. I immediately recognized what was happening and why.
In shore, Mary is gebirah, or The Mother of the King. This wasn’t just a title, it was an actual court position. In a time where a king could have many wives and concubines, he would have many children. He would pick his successor from among his boys, and that boy’s mother would become geberah. The new king would most likely be in his early 20s while his mother would have had decades of experience in court intrigue and politics and knowing where the bodies were buried – sometimes literally. Since you could not enter the presence of the king without being invited, people would approach the gebirah to make their petitions. If the Queen Mother agreed, she would present the request to her son, the King, and if it was in his power to do so he would be obliged to grant the request. (It’s the basis for Catholic practice to present our petitions to Mary, the Queen Mother.)
While court was in session, the Queen Mother would be sitting at the right hand of the king, listening to people make petitions. The king would make a decision and pass judgement, and seal that judgement by touching the petitioner with his staff, which he held in his right hand. (In modern terms, the scepter.) In biblical times this would be a staff of polished wood, but Scripture tells of the King ruling with a rod of iron. Now if the King were to make an incorrect judgement (in the view of the Queen Mother), she would use her left hand to stay the king’s judgement.
We have had all these apparitions where Mary talks about staying the judgement of her Son – she’s been holding back His Scepter from sealing the judgement with her left hand. Except … without her left hand, she is no longer able to stay her Son’s judgement against us.