DIGOS City, Davao, Sept. 1, 2015– Devotees of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace have received with joy the revival of a movement led no other than a group of bishops calling for a dogmatic declaration of the Blessed Virgin’s role in the universal mediation of grace.
“Very happy [for] all that is happening … more surprises coming,” exclaimed Jovi Atanacio, founding chair of Mama Mary Mediatrix: Lay Devotees Initiative, an online network of Mediatrix devotees in the Philippines and abroad.
Speaking for his group, Atanacio expressed hope the movement will finally succeed in getting the Vatican to definitively affirm the title with which Mary allegedly made herself known in the 1948 apparition to Sr. Teresing L. Castillo at Lipa’s Carmelite Monastery — Mediatrix of All Grace.
“Yes, I believe in the universal mediation of Mama Mary. For centuries, the Church has recognized her as ‘Mediatrix of all graces,’ but in Lipa she gave a more profound, more Christocentric, and more important title, ‘Mediatrix of All Grace,’” he explained.
All graces to ‘All Grace’
While in the old title the word “graces” are in lower case and plural, Atanacio pointed out the one she revealed at Lipa Carmel is in singular form and capitalized given that it refers specifically to Jesus, who is Himself “All Grace” personified.
According to him, if “all graces” has to do with the signal blessings or material things people asked Christ through the intercession of His mother, “All Grace” deals with matters more central to the faith: among others virtues, salvation, conversions, and sanctification.
The “Movement for a Dogmatic Definition of the Blessed Virgin’s Universal Mediation of Grace” was officially revived on Aug. 22, the 64th patronal fiesta of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Cathedral in Digos City, coinciding with the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.
In a statement, Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable invited all Filipino priests, religious, and laity to support the cause of the movement, and to do their part in helping others become aware of it.
‘Sense of the faithful’
He added this Marian group seeks to continue the work began by Mechelen Archbishop Désiré-Joseph Cardinal Mercier, who was one of the early champions of the doctrine.
Its two main goals are: spreading the Crusade of Prayer and Consecration, and encouraging the world’s bishops to sign the petition for the dogmatic definition of the Mediatrix.
But before Pope Francis can step in and consider raising the doctrine to the level of dogma at par with the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption, Afable stressed the faithful must first establish the existence of “sensus fidelium” (sense of the faithful).
Besides the bishop of Digos, the other prelate-convenors of the movement include: retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Batanes Bishop Camilo Gregorio, Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, and retired Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Antonio Rañola.
For inquiries, interested parties may reach the movement through (+63)907-7583-541, firstname.lastname@example.org, or its Facebook account “Movement for A Dogmatic Definition of Mary’s Universal Mediation of Grace.” (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)