She’s Mary. She’s the Mediatrix of all Gifts and Graces. She’s Blessed Among Women. She’s the Helpmate and Companion of Christ and the one who conquers the Serpent. She’s the Mother Thrice Admirable. She’s the Mother of God. She’s my mother, and she’s your mother, too!
Mary is not only the Mother of God and of the Mother of Christ, but also in truth and reality our Mother, my Mother, and your Mother. Because she loves us as her own children, she’s constantly seeking to develop a genuine and deepening relationship with us. She wants to become an active and real part of our lives – even when we’re lost, stubborn, or downright belligerent (like I often am; just ask my spiritual director). All it takes is for us to open our minds and hearts and let her in.
As truly our Mother, Mary has a threefold task:
She co-generated us at the very instant when she pronounced her Fiat (Lu 1:38). At that instant she not only gave life to our Lord, as individual person, but to the extent that he is Head of his Church, gave life as well to us who are members of his Mystical Body. We were born of her when, under the cross with the most violent “labor pains,” she offered her Son to the heavenly Father. This is her first task as Mother. She fulfilled it in a most perfect way.
Her second task as Mother is the nourishing of the divine life within us. As Co-Redemptrix under the cross, she has merited all the graces we have received, and as Mediatrix of all graces she channels these graces to us from heaven in her kindness.
Her third task as Mother is the education of her children. Here, too, our Blessed Mother has been faithful to her responsibility for us. Whatever has happened, whether by God’s passive permission or active intervention, whether it was a success or failure, suffering or joy, a sickness or health – Mary has had a part in it.
~Fr. Joseph Kentenich, Founder of the International Schoenstatt Movement
The veneration of the Virgin Mary has accompanied the path of the Church from the beginning; Marian feast days began to appear already in the fourth century: in some the role of the Virgin in the history of salvation is exalted; in others the principal moments of her earthly life are celebrated.
~Pope Benedict XVI
“The Virgin Mary, who at the message of the angel received the Word of God in her heart and in her body and gave Life to the world, is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and Mother of the Redeemer. Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved. She is “the mother of the members of Christ … having cooperated by charity that faithful might be born in the Church, who are members of that Head.” Wherefore she is hailed as a pre-eminent and singular member of the Church, and as its type and excellent exemplar in faith and charity. The Catholic Church, taught by the Holy Spirit, honors her with filial affection and piety as a most beloved mother.”
~ Documents of Vatican II, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God in the Mystery of Christ and the Church