THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH DENIES MARY IS
MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACES
We reject any teaching that denies Jesus is the sole arbiter and dispenser of all graces.
AUTHOR: Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OFFICIALLY TEACHES MARY IS
THE SOLE ARBITER AND DISPENSER OF ALL GOD’S GRACES.
THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH BELIEVES JESUS IS THE SOLE ARBITER AND DISPENSER OF ALL GRACES THAT COME TO MANKIND.
Celebrated ‘Mariologist’, Father William Most, notes this teaching is part of the infallible Magisterium of the Roman Church. It is just such as this that Christ spoke of when He said, “THEY TEACH AS DOGMA WHAT IS ONLY HUMAN PRECEPTS”
The ancient church condemned the Collyridians when they first taught this and now it is the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. How could this change have occurred?
The idea of Mary as Mediatrix of all graces originated in the East and was quickly denied by the universal church in the fourth century. What changed was some Popes, starting in the 19th century, began to listen to the various Saints who spoke to the issue of the role of the Blessed Mother in the Economy of our Salvation. The Popes even quote many of these Saints when they defined the term, Mary Mediatrix of all graces.
This is the formal definition of the term from various Popes and how it is understood in the Roman Catholic Church. Immediately below the definitions of the Popes is a comment by noted Marian Theologian Father William Most.
Below the comment from Father Most is the origin of the doctrine in the writings of the various Saints.
THE OFFICIAL DEFINITION OF THE TERM
MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACES
"The Catholic Church has always and with justice put all her hope and trust in the Mother of God." (Leo XIII: Encyclical, Supreme Apostolatus, September 1, 1883.) - [p. 32, no. 104]
"... Yet our manner of praying to the Blessed Virgin has something in common with our worship of God so that the Church even addressed to her the words with which we pray to God: 'Have mercy on sinners.'" (Leo XIII: Encyclical, Augustissimae, September 12, 1897.) [p. 68; no. 302]
Leo XIII, Encyclical, Octobri mense adventante, Sept 22, 1891, ASS 24, 1891, 196: "... nothing is imparted to us except through Mary, since God so wills, so that just as no one can come to the Father except through the Son, no one can come to Christ except through His Mother.”
Leo XIII, Encyclical, Iucunda semper, Sept 8, 1984. ASS 27, 1894. 179: ‘Every grace that is communicated to this world has a threefold course. For by excellent order, it is dispensed from God to Christ, from Christ to the Virgin, from the Virgin to us. ‘” (Internal quote from S. Bernardine, Sermon on Nativity of B. V. M. n. 6).
Leo XIII, Encyclical, Diuturni temporis spatium, Sept 5, 1898, ASS 31, 1898, 146: “For from her, as in a most abundant conduit, the drafts of heavenly graces are given: ‘… in her hands are the treasures of the mercies of the Lord; for God wills that she be the principle of all good things. ‘”(Internal quotes are from St. John Damascene. Series I De Nativitate Virginis and St. Irenaeus, Against Valentinus III. 33).
Leo XIII, Parta humano generi, Apostolic Letter, Sept 8, 1901, ASS 34, 1901, 195: “So may the most powerful Virgin Mother, who once ‘cooperated in love that the faithful might be born in the Church’, be even now the means and mediatrix of our salvation.”(Citing St. Augustine, De sancta Virginitate 6).
St. Pius X, Encyclical, Ad diem illum, Feb. 2, 1904, AAS 36, 1904. 453-54: Now from this common sharing of will and suffering between Christ and Mary, she ‘merited to become most worthily the Reparatrix of the lost world’ [Eadmer, De Excellentia Virginis Mariae, 9] and therefore Dispensatrix of all the gifts which Jesus gained for us by His Death and by His Blood… . But Mary as St. Bernard fitting remarks [De Aquaeductu 4. ]
is the ‘channel’ or, even, the neck, through which the body is joined to the head, and likewise through which the head exerts its power and strength on the body. ‘ For she is the neck of our Head, by which all spiritual gifts are communicated to His Mystical Body”’ [St. Bernardine of Siena, Quadrag. De Evangelio aeterno, Sermo X, a. 3. C. 3. ]
Benedict XV, Litterae Apostolicae, Inter Sodalicia, March 22, 1918, AAS 10, 1918, 182: “one can truly affirm that together with Christ she has redeemed the human race. For this reason, 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,..
Benedict XV, Encyclical, Fausto appetente die, June 29, 1921, AAS 13, 1921, 334: “For he [St. Dominic] knew well that Mary… has such influence with her divine Son, that He confers whatever of graces He confers on humans, does so always with her as minister and decision-maker [administra et arbitra].”
Pius XI, Apostolic Letter, Galliam, Ecclesiae filiam, March 2, 1922, AAS 14, 1922 186: “She, the Virgin Mother, [is] the treasurer [sequestra] of all graces with God.”
Pius XI, Apostolic Letter, Exstat in civitate, Feb. 1, 1924, AAS 16 1924, 152: “It is clear that many Roman Pontiffs… have stirred up devotion among the nations to the most clement Mother, the Virgin Mary, the Consoler of the afflicted, and the treasurer [sequestra] of all graces with God.”
Pius XI, Apostolic Letter, Cognitum sane, Jan 14, 1926, AAS 18, 1926, 213: “We, to whom nothing is dearer than that the devotion of the Christian people be aroused more and more towards the Virgin who is the treasurer [sequestra] of all graces with God, think we should grant these wishes.”
Pius XII, Radiomessage to Fatima, Bendito seja, May 13, 1946, AAS 38, 19465, 266: “… And her kingdom is as vast as that of her Son and God, since nothing is excluded from her dominion.”
John XXIII, Epistle to Cardinal Agaganian, Legate to Marian Congress in Saigon, Jan 31, 1959, AAS 51, 1959, “Did not the Lord will that we have everything through Mary?” Discorsi II, 66: “From her hands hope for all graces.”
THE FOLLOWING COMMENT IS WRITTEN BY FATHER MOST, THE LEADING ROMAN CATHOLIC MARIAN THEOLOGIAN, (OF BLESSED MEMORY)
No Council has the right to cancel previous papal teaching, especially when that teaching, on the ordinary Magisterium level, is repeated.
FOR SUCH REPEATED TEACHING IS INFALLIBLE
The following papal texts cited above speak in varied ways of her as Mediatrix of all graces: Leo XIII, especially texts 3 and 4: "nothing at all of that great treasury of all grace... is imparted to us except through Mary.... every grace has a threefold course...." St. Pius X: especially texts 9 and 10: "Dispensatrix of all the gifts." She is the "neck" of the Mystical Body. Benedict XV text 12: "Whatever of graces He confers....always with her as minister and decision-maker". Pius XI, texts 13. 14. 15: "treasurer of all graces". Pius XII, text 18: "nothing is excluded from her dominion". John XXIII, text 19: "Did not the Lord will that we have everything through Mary?"
Again, since a doctrine repeatedly taught on the Ordinary Magisterium level is infallibly taught - so many repetitions of this doctrine mark it as infallible.
Father William Most, STD
HERE IS THE SOURCE OF THE TEACHING:
Mary is the key to the gates of Heaven. St. Ephrem
Open to us, O Mary, the gate of Paradise, since you have its keys! St. Ambrose
God has entrusted the keys and the treasures of Heaven to Mary. St. Thomas Aquinas
No one can enter heaven except through Mary, as entering through a gate. St. Bonaventure
Mary is called "The Gate of Heaven" because no one can enter Heaven but through her means. St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori
HOLY SCRIPTURE WAS WRITTEN FOR MARY, ABOUT MARY AND ON ACCOUNT OF MARY. St. Bernard (This is St. Bernard of Clairvoux who is among the worst of Marian Extremist)
She is the stairway to Heaven, and the gate of Paradise! St. Lawrence Justinian
All the saints have a great devotion to Our Lady: no grace comes from Heaven without passing through her hands. We cannot go into a house without speaking to the doorkeeper. Well, the Holy Virgin is the doorkeeper of Heaven. St. John Mary Vianney
ALL GIFTS, VIRTUES AND GRACES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE ADMINISTERED BY THE HANDS OF MARY TO WHOMSOEVER SHE DESIRES AND WHEN SHE DESIRES AND IN THE MANNER SHE DESIRES AND TO THE DEGREE SHE DESIRES.
St. Bernadine of Siena
She opens the abyss of God's mercy to whomsoever she wills, when she wills, and as she wills. [...] All men; past, present, and to come, should look upon Mary as the means and negotiator of the salvation of all ages. St. Bernard
Through you, Most Holy lady, all glory, honour, and holiness vouchsafed to the human race from Adam to the last ages has been granted, is being granted, will be granted to apostles, prophets, martyrs, and all the just and humble of heart.
Mary is the dispensatrix of all the graces God bestows on man. St. Bernadine of Siena
No man is delivered or preserved from the world-wide snares of Satan except through Mary; and God grants His graces to no one except through her alone. St. Germanus of Constantinople
Every grace granted to man in this life has three successive steps: from God it comes to Christ, from Christ to the Virgin, and from the Virgin it descends to us. St. Bernadine of Sienna
All graces that have ever been bestowed on men, all of them came through Mary. St. Antoninus
Every grace and blessing possessed by the Church, all the treasures of light, holiness, and glory that abide in her, on earth as well as in Heaven, all are due to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [...] Let us acknowledge, then, that her heart is the origin of everything noble, rich, and precious in all the holy souls who form the universal Church in Heaven and on Earth. It is the source of salvation. St. John Eudes
The Lord has placed in Mary the plenitude of all good, so that if any hope, or grace, or salvation is in us, we know that we derive it all from Mary. St. Bernard
Mary became for herself and for all men the cause and foundation of salvation. St. Francis de Sales
Mary desired, sought, and obtained the salvation of everyone; nay, she even effected the salvation of everyone! St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori
All those who, to the end of time, shall receive the blessing of our heavenly Father shall receive their graces only as a result of their perfect obedience to May. St. Louis Marie de Montfort
Many have proved invincibly, from the sentiments of the fathers - among others: St. Augustine, St. Ephrem, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Germanus of Constantinople, St. John Damascene, St. Anselm, St. Bernard, St. Bernadine, St. Thomas, and St. Bonaventure - that devotion to Our Most Blessed Virgin is necessary for salvation, and that it is an infallible mark of reprobation to have no esteem or love for the Holy Virgin while, on the other hand, it is an infallible mark of predestination to be entirely and truly devoted to her. The figures and words of the Old and New Testaments prove this. The sentiments and examples of the Saints confirm it. Reason and experience teach and demonstrate it. Even the devil and his crew, constrained by the force of truth, have often been obliged to avow it in spite of themselves. St. Louis Marie de Montfort
O Lady, since thou art the dispenser of all graces, and since the grace of salvation can come only through thy hands, our salvation depends on thee. St. Bernadine of Siena
O Most Holy Virgin, receive us under thy protection if thou wouldst see us saved, for we have no hope of salvation but through thy means. St. Ephrem
O Mary, we poor sinners know no other refuge but thee, for thou art our only hope, and on thee do we rely for our salvation. St. Thomas of Villanova
Mary is the whole hope of our salvation. St. Thomas Aquinas
The foundation of all our confidence is found in the Blessed Virgin Mary. God has committed to her the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is His will: that we obtain everything through Mary. Ven. Pope Pius IX
Sinners receive pardon by the intercession of Mary alone. St. John Chrysostom
Only at the intercession of Mary do sinners obtain forgiveness. [...] They receive pardon only by the intercession of Mary. St. Peter Chrysologus
You, O Lady, were filled with grace, so that you might be the way of our salvation and the means of ascent into the heavenly kingdom. St. Athanasius
A mediator, then, was needed with the Mediator Himself, nor could a more fitting one be found than Mary. St. Bernard
We need a mediator with our mediator. Council of Rheims
She is the mediator between us and Christ, just as Christ is the mediator between us and God. St. Bonaventure
You must intercede, O Lady, because God, Who placed His Son as mediator between man and Heaven, has placed you as mediator between His Son and guilty man! St, Alphonsus Maria Liguori
As the moon is placed between the sun and the earth, so is Mary stationed between God and us, to pour out His graces continually upon us. St. Bernard
Every grace which is communicated to this world has a three-fold origin: it flows from God to Christ, from Christ to the Virgin, and from the Virgin to us. [...] Nothing comes to us but by the mediation of Mary, for such is the will of God. Thus, just as no man goes to the Father but by the Son, so likewise no one goes to Christ but through His Mother. Whoever will not have recourse to her is trying to fly without wings. [...] O Virgin Most Holy, no one abounds in the knowledge of God except through thee; no one O Mother of God, attains salvation except through thee. Pope Leo XIII
To reach the Eternal Father, we must go to Jesus, our Mediator of Redemption. [...] To go to Jesus, we must go to Mary: she is our Mediatrix of Intercession.
St. Louis Marie de Montfort
As you cannot come to God but by means of Jesus Christ, you likewise cannot come to Christ except by means of His Mother. [...] As we have to access the Father only by means of the Son, so do we have access to the Son only by means of the Mother. St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori
By the will of God nothing is conferred upon us except by means of Mary; and just as no one is able to approach the Most High Father except through His Son, so too no one approaches Christ but through Mary His Mother. St. Maximilian
We cannot approach Jesus but through Mary; we can see Jesus and speak to Him only by means of her. St. Louis Marie de Montfort
For, since it is the will of divine Providence that we should have the God-Man through Mary, there is no other way for us to receive Christ except from her
hands. Pope St. Pius X
Our sanctity depends on the degree of our nearness to Mary. She is the nearest to God, and if we are nearest to her then we will therefore be nearest, through her, to God Himself. St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
What, then, is the conclusion we must draw from the teaching and practice of the Church? It is this: our salvation must be wrought in Mary. Ven. William Joseph Charminade
The way of salvation is open to no one except through Mary. St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori
The truth of the matter is devotion to the Mother of Christ (Christotokos) is a good thing, a God pleasing thing and helpful to our salvation. That which appears above is false devotion and a lie spawned by the devil and the ignorant.
Mary has replaced Christ in this aberrant theology. Extremism does a dishonor to Mary and is a blasphemy before God.