|Mary, The World's Most Powerful Woman? (Part 2)|
|Marian Devotion /||Holy Mary|
| Por: Luis BÃ©jar Fuentes | Fuente: Catholic.net|
Well then, as a continuation of the first part of this article, we might ask ourselves: How come that simple Nazarene woman, Mary (Maryam), has become “the world’s most powerful woman” 2,000 years after her passage on Earth? Because it is clear that this is not a massive exaggeration nor a groundless elation from any particular group, but an undeniable, tangible, and provable fact, such as it has been flawlessly and graphically shown in Moureen Orth’s article. The extraordinary aspects she refers to confirm once and again that, through the centuries, She prevails present and acting, always showing Her love and concern for you, for me, and for all men regardless of the religion they practice—or the lack of it.
But, what is behind that power that surprises everyone who gets close to Her with an open mind, and a heart willing to delve into Her mystery? Here I share with you some of the most meaningful elements, repeating some previously cited words now placed in a new context:
- She prevails present and acting, fulfilling Her dying Son’s assignment; an historical fact witnessed mainly by Jews and Romans.
- The hundreds of times She has been seen and heard by thousands of believers and non-believers, of any age, gender, and economic status throughout the world (with special preference for children among the poor), confirms Her motherly presence and loving concern; noticeably—as clearly stated in the graphic representation; during the last two centuries.
- Her actual and permanent presence lies beyond material, temporary, and physical reality; it is furthermore a spiritual dimension that manifests itself freely, whenever and however She desires, becoming visible to the human eye when She deems it convenient, and it has been confirmed over and over again through hundreds of miracles scientifically proven.
- Her extraordinary power and Her use of it always impact at the core of topics related to conversion, prayer, and penance as conditions for the so-yearned-for peace in us, among us, and in the whole world.
And from where does this power arise? What is its origin and its purpose?
- It is amazing to find what has been called the “Marian conductor thread” in the Bible, if we look up in the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis, we will find the text citing: “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed…” (Genesis 3, 15). We discover then, eight centuries before Christ, the prophet Isaiah’s phrase citing: “A Maiden is with child and she will bear a Son…” (Isaiah 7, 14); and then Micah prophesized: “By the time that (woman) who shall give birth happens to give birth” (Micah 5, 2).
- And in the New Testament, while at the wedding in Cana, Jesus replies to His mother who says to Him: “They have no wine”, and pronounces these words: “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come” (John 2, 4). In turn, he meets Her eloquent silence with a penetrating gaze—in saint John Paul II’s words—: “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2, 5), pulls out the first miracle in His public life; until the already mentioned posthumous words of Jesus dying: “Woman, this is your Son” (John 19, 27).
- Let’s remember as well what Saint Paul writes—Saul, in previous times persecutor of the new doctrine— “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4, 4); also, Mary the Mother of Jesus, is present in the dining hall where “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and His brothers.” (Acts 1, 14) The apostles and she receive the Holy Spirit; and in the Apocalypse—last book of the Bible—three passages can be found about the woman, traditionally referring to Her: “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and crying put in birth pains and the agony of giving birth… The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth… The woman fled into the wilderness…” (Revelation 12:1-6).
- And, finally, returning to the topic of the 2,000 sightings and concentrating on the one named the ‘Guadalupano Event’—the first of the apparitions approved by the Church—which had its origin with the apparitions to Saint Juan Diego in 1531, and let’s remember the words She said to Uncle Juan Bernardino who, lying on his deathbed, was miraculously healed by Her, the woman who called Herself: “the perfect Virgin Holy Mary of Guadalupe” (NM 208), while She stamped Her image right in front of the eyes, full of tears, of Bishop Juan de Zumarraga and other witnesses. Inexplicably, the image prevails the passage of time without fading, being out in the open, and exposed to direct aggression, it remains in “…my little dwelling” where “I will show it, I will acclaim it by demonstrating: I shall give it to all the people in my personal love, in my compassionate glance, with my assistance, in my salvation: because I am indeed your compassionate mother, yours and of all men that on this Earth become one, and of all the assorted lineages of men, my loving followers, those who call out for me, those who seek my shelter, those who trust in me” (NM 25-31).
It is now crystal clear for you and for me that the “Marian conductor thread” links the woman in Genesis to the “woman clothed with the Sun!” of the Apocalypse and Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Tepeyacac: alive, present, and acting!
And still we continue asking ourselves, what did She do to become so powerful? For your consideration, I here present these decisive elements:
- She devoted Herself and acted fully in the service of the “…Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, He will be great and will be called Son of the Highest” (Luke 1, 32).
- She lived in silence and concealment in a small village in front of the world around Her, being the only witness of the event that would transform the history of mankind, the ‘before’ and ‘after’ the birth of Her Son.
- She prayed, and continues praying in perfect union with entire faith in He whom She trusted, being “full of grace through the Holy Spirit.”
- “She meditated and kept all these things in Her heart” (Luke 2, 19), things She surely transmitted faithfully in particular to John and Luke—it would be very good to revisit carefully, and listen to Her, repeating the Magnificat (Luke 1, 46-55), and the Benedictus (Luke 1, 68-79).
- Her immediate obedience and unconditional acceptance of what was being transmitted to Her, with special attention to that issue of “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”, and Her answer once the doubt was cleared “…let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1, 34-38).
- Her quiet and humble acceptance of the pain that accompanied Her throughout Her life, always ‘in crescendo’ of which we remember Her spiritual ‘way of the cross’:
- Not to reveal the mystery of Her conception in front of the explicable doubt of Her husband who, once Her pregnancy became apparent, was thinking of abandoning Her silently, and hoping that God Himself be the one to reveal that to Joseph in his dreams (Matthew 1, 19-20).
- To listen to the old man Simeon tell the prophecy during the presentation of Jesus at the temple, “and a sword will pierce through your own soul…” (Luke 2, 35).
- To obey Her husband Joseph immediately and leave in a hurry to Egypt because “…Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him” (Matthew 2, 13), and remain in exile for years until that person died, whose death was revealed to Joseph again in his dreams.
- The pain shared with Joseph when, inexplicably and intentionally, the child remained lost in the temple for three days, at age twelve. She asked anxiously upon finding him: “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress” (Luke 2, 48).
- To be part of the group of women that accompanied Him during the three years of public life, and living in the flesh the rejection—first veiled, and later overtly rejected—until it transformed in the hatred that took Him to the scaffold.
- To hear from Her Son Jesus, while He was alive, the fact that “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected…” (Luke 9, 22), as well as the invitation “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16, 24)—an invitation She fully understood while His disciples could not figure out what they were being told (and neither have we been able to figure it out after twenty centuries!).
- To make the decision of walking with Him all the way to the ‘Golgotha,’ hearing all kinds of insults, which we remember and meditate at the third station of the Way of the Cross.
- To witness Her Son being humiliated, stripped, and nailed to the cross, then remain standing up next to the cross for three hours.
- To listen to the last seven words before His death, the third word already mentioned: “Woman, this is your Son,” as a posthumous heritage for all of us.
- To receive Her Son’s body, dead, fulfilling the prophecy of the old man Simeon in all its severity and harsh reality—which She had heard 33 years prior to this moment—to which I referred previously.
- And to wait for three days without signs of any hope—tempted by desperation—for the resurrection of Her Son Jesus, just like He had prophesized.
Indeed, that is in a few words what She did, lived, suffered, and accepted with all the consequences, in order to become the Most Powerful Woman in the eyes of the world, through the extraordinary facts reported. From a profound analysis and under the light of the faith—intensified by Her— it allows us to conclude that:
- Her power has nothing to do with the values of the world: money, pleasure, wealth.
- Her power is not autonomous but received from our Father God—creator of all visible and invisible things—in whom the monotheistic religions believe; being Christianity, Judaism, and Islamism the main three of them.
- Her power is subject to, shared with, and rigorously linked to Her Son, in whom She believed and conceived in Her virginal womb by the Holy Spirit grace, being the main reason for His rejection and crucifixion to proclaim Himself "Son of God”, of His same nature and essence.
- Her actual presence, acting and permanent in many countries throughout the centuries to our days is proof of Her undeniable existence.
- And that She wields that power not to dominate and destroy but to serve and to search for us with love and motherly concern, from Her first intervention at the wedding at Cana.
It is clear to see that Her universal benevolence and Her spiritual motherhood are plentiful and enough for all of us, the human race, regardless of creed (or no creed), for every human being has his own dignity, body and soul, to the image of the Creator.
With all these accounts it is revealed without a doubt, confirmed once and again, Her imploring omnipotence and Her permanent invitation for us to invoke Her Son Jesus Christ to have the much longed peace and global harmony to come to all the nations, which according to Her message to Ida Peerdeman (to whom I referred to in Part 1) on May 31st of 1954, will come only after the 5th dogma proclamation of Her as the Lady of All Nations, and it will have to happen on a 31st of May since in Her own words it was stated: “I have chosen this day; in this day the Lady shall obtain Her crowning glory”… subject to the condition of: “You must ask the Holy Father this dogma”… “three concepts—Co-Redeemer, Intermediary, and Advocate—in one sole investiture… one single concept”, which “The Holy Father will approve, but you ought to help him. Comprehend this well”.
[To bring everyone up to date, I will list the four Marian dogmas already and solemnly proclaimed by the Catholic Church, in chronological order: the Mother of God (431); the Perpetual Virginity of Mary (649); the Immaculate Conception of Mary (1854); and the Assumption of Mary (1950)].
Now, sixty-two years after that message, I share the prayer again revised and approved on May 31st of 2002 by the local bishop, Monsignor Josep Marianus Punt, including the imprimatur listing tens of bishops and, recently, sanctioned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, accepting the title of The Lady of All Nations, Advocate!
Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the Father,
Send now your Spirit over the earth.
Let the Holy Spirit live
in the hearts of all nations,
that they may be preserved
from degeneration, disaster and war.
May the Lady of All Nations,
The Blessed Virgin Mary,
be our advocate.