Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On my 2016 Marianist Mission Calendar, May 12 is designated as the Feast of Mary, Mother of All Graces. It is also the date on which Pius IX approved of the Society of Mary (Marianists) in 1865.
Very little was online about this Feast as celebrated by the Marianists, but a good article on Mary’s title can be read HERE. The title “Mary, Mother of All Graces” can be rendered also as “Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces”, and that is the title given to the article by Fr. William Most. Some non Catholics and even some Catholics are reluctant to use this title because there is only One Mediator, Christ. Father Most addresses this in his article, defending Mary’s role by citing Popes through history as well as Vatican II. The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes it quite clear:
967 By her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. Thus she is a “preeminent and . . . wholly unique member of the Church”; indeed, she is the “exemplary realization” (typus) of the Church.
968 Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further. “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace.”
969 “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation … Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”
970 “Mary’s function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power. But the Blessed Virgin’s salutary influence on men . . . flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on his mediation, depends entirely on it, and draws all its power from it.” “No creature could ever be counted along with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer; but just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by his ministers and the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is radiated in different ways among his creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.”
Mary, Mother of All Graces pray for us.
Mary, Mediatrix, and Mother of the Church pray for us.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we thank You for the gift of Mary to us all!