I have a few questions regarding the Blessed Virgin’s status as the Neck of the Mystical Body of Christ:
First is this an official teaching of the Church? I have read the section on Catholic Answers that speaks about “Making Peace with the Mediatrix” (in “This Rock” section).
It quotes Pope Saint Pius X, in Ad Diem Illum 13, who said Mary is the “Neck” so I’m assuming this is official Catholic teaching. In Ad Diem Illum 13, though the Holy Father only seems to be discussing dispensatrix of all gifts. I’m not sure if this also pertains to Prayer (this is my #4 question below).
Am I correct in believing that as Mediatrix of all Graces, that Mary is in fact the Neck and that all Grace comes to us from God and through Mary?
If all Grace comes from God to us through Mary, where does the Holy Spirit fit in? I, personally, began thinking about how Mary is espoused to the Holy Spirit and was wondering if this in anyway fits into this teaching. In other words my question is does all grace come from Jesus through Mary, then through the Holy Spirit then to us. Or is it from Jesus and then through Mary and the Holy Spirit together then to us? Or Jesus then through the Holy Spirit then through Mary then to us? What is the order of this grace flowing power? Jesus is first, I’m just not sure where Mary and the Holy Spirit both fit into this line of grace giving power.
Does Mary being the Neck of the Body of Christ also mean that all prayers go from us, through Mary to Jesus? I’m assuming that prayers would flow in the exact oppisite direction as the grace would come to us, since grace originates from God and ends with us, and since prayers originate from us and end with God (Even praying to the Saints in heaven ultimately ends with God since we only ask the Saints in heaven to pray for us)? I’m also assuming that Mary has to be the Neck of the Mystical Body of Christ all the time, not just for Graces. I would imagine that there can’t be a Neck (Mary) just for Grace and not for Prayers also. Am I correct in this line of thinking?
I greatly appreciate any and all help.
My God bless you and Mary keep you.