I wonder if you might help me. I am asking about a form of dispensationalism. I am using this term to describe the perspective held by some people in which the ages of the OT and NT Church are marked by the ‘Age of the Father’ (OT), and the ‘Age of Christ’ (NT). Some people carry this further also speak of the ‘Age of the Holy Spirit’ (the current time).
My question has to do with acquaintances of mine who are seriously promoting what they refer to as the fourth ‘Age of Mary’. The argument is that God’s people did not listen to the Father (OT), so He sent His Son (NT). His people didn’t listen to the Son, so He sent the Holy Spirit. People didn’t listen to the Holy Spirit, so now He is sending His mother.
I have no problems with the role of the Mother of God in Christology or Ecclesiology. I and my family practice sincere devotion to her. I do, however, have difficulties with her having a Soteriological role. I also have difficulties with the entire notion of ‘ages’ because I am not sure whether this has ever been formally addressed by the Magesterium. The notion is not trinitarian and almost seems modalist. Can you help me?