I am Catholic, and I freely admit to having a hard time reconciling Mary as Co-Redemptrix. I say the Hail Mary, I honor her as the Mother of God, but I cannot bring myself to say she is Co-Redemptive. I just can’t do it. I’ve struggled with it for the longest time. Granted, there are others who are more qualified than I to say that she is or is not, but regardless, it is a bit of a difficulty for me. Redemption is attained through Christ. Mary is the perfect example of His Redemption, no doubt, and I often ask Mary to intercede for me, but I just cannot, in my heart of hearts, apply the Co-Redemptrix title to her. I am also more comfortable reciting the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy than I am the Rosary. The Rosary is beautiful, without question, but it just strikes me as odd that there are ten Hail Mary’s to each Our Father. That’s something I never understood.
I will just continue to pray for guidance on this. I will not gainsay anyone who does believe this, but for me, I just can’t get my mind, or spirit around it. To me, she is to be venerated as first among the Saints, and she among all of them can intercede, I believe, in a way others cannot, or to a degree they cannot. But I cannot say that I am redeemed by her. I just can’t.
I guess I’m wanting to know if Pope John Paul II was speaking dogmatically when he applied this title to her. Is it binding on all Catholics as a required belief? And if so, what can I do about my own inability to reconcile this to myself? I love and treasure the Church, and would devastated if my inability to agree with this dogma (if indeed it is) meant my error against the Church. I know people say, “just believe” but, for whatever reason ,I just can’t agree with this. I’m at a loss here and it’s filling me with despair.