[quote="Veronica97, post:5, topic:296405"]
*So now since she is so close in friendship with God and with us, being the highest in heaven and at the right side of her son, Queen of Heaven and earth, she gets what she asks far, just as she did at Cana. I believe that God designed it this way so that he could give us more than max in mercy that would not go contrary to justice because of her intercessary requests.
This is very good! I hadn't thought of it quite that way before. I was not questioning that we can receive graces through Mary's intercession...only the statement that "all graces come from Mary." All graces come from GOD, but Mary can help obtain them for us. I know I sure do want her on my side!!
Mary has been known for centuries as the Mediatrix of All Graces. Although this title has yet to be declared a Dogma by the Church, there are many years, many saints, and many theologians who express this definition of her privileges as Mother of God.
The following quote is from a site that has very useful information on this subject and on Mary's recognition in the Church:
In ancient times:
http://www.religioustolerance.org/_themes/topo/topbul2d.gif**St. Antonius** (circa 250 - 350): "All graces that have ever been bestowed on men, all came through Mary."
http://www.religioustolerance.org/_themes/topo/topbul2d.gif**St. Bernard *(1090 - 1153): "[Mary is called] the gate of heaven, because no one can enter that blessed kingdom without passing through her*."
http://www.religioustolerance.org/_themes/topo/topbul2d.gif**St. Bonaventure** (1221 - 1274): "As the moon, which stands between the sun and the earth, transmits to this latter whatever it receives from the former, so does Mary pour out upon us who are in this world the heavenly graces that she receives from the divine sun of justice." 1
http://www.religioustolerance.org/_themes/topo/topbul1d.gif**1750:** Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, canonized as Saint Alphonsus in 1839, wrote a book "The Glories of Mary." It continues to be published today, under various church imprimaturs. Various chapters in the book are titled: "Mary our Help," "Mary our Mediatress," "Mary our Advocate," etc.** 1