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Shawn wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was reading this article from Catholic Answers:

and this one section quotes the Church saying Mary is the Mediatrix of all Graces. Quote:

The Council [Second Vatican Council] refers to Pope St. Pius X, who said that Mary is the:

"dispensatrix of all the gifts and is the 'neck' connecting the head of the mystical body to the members. But all power flows through the neck"

(Ad Diem Illum [Vatican][EWTN] Number 13).

Other popes and prominent saints have taught the same.

In Octobri Mense Adventante, Pope Leo XIII wrote:

Nothing at all of that very great treasury of all grace that the Lord brought us for "grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" [John 1:17] nothing is imparted to us except through Mary, since God so wills.

In Inter Sodalicia, Pope Benedict XV told us:

Every kind of grace we receive from the treasury of the redemption is ministered as it were through the hands of the same sorrowful Virgin.

Pope Pius XI concurred in Ingravescentibus Malis:

We know that all things are imparted to us from God the greatest and best through the hands of the Mother of God.

I find this deeply confusing and troubling. I did not feel that the article elaborated on this teaching adequately.

  • Could you be kind enough to elaborate on this doctrine so I can fully understand this teaching?

Thanks and God bless.


  { Can you explain the doctrine: Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces, so I can fully grasp this teaching? }

John replied:

Hi, Sean —

It's actually pretty simple on one level. We know that all grace come to us from the Person of Jesus Christ the (God/Man) in the Incarnation.

Mary, mediated between heaven and earth as the vessel providing Christ's Humanity (which is just as important as His divinity). She was the means through which all grace — including
Christ Himself came into the world, so she was given the privileged role of being Mediatrix of Grace.

That's a foundational starting point. Many have a hard time understanding this and similar doctrines because they don't understand the Covenant and therefore don't understand God's plan for salvation. God's plan for salvation from the very beginning was to include man. That's why He became man. Before the need for Salvation, God planned on becoming Man and giving Himself to Man; that's what a covenant is.

Once you can wrap your head around that concept, it becomes easier to accept that God chose other human beings to play particular roles in His plan of Salvation.

In a sense, every time you do something in His name, you mediate Christ's presence.

I'll leave it for someone else to get into the specifics of those articles, but as I said, you're not going to get Mariology (the body of beliefs about Mary) until you start to think like a Catholic and have a Catholic understanding of the Incarnation and it's implications.

I'd recommend reading Scott Hahn's writings or CD's on Genesis with study guide as a place to start.


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