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A Biblical Title

Our Lady introduced herself during the very first apparition with the beautiful biblical title Woman/Lady. [It is to be noted that in the original Dutch Vrouwe means both woman and lady.] She used this new title more than 150 times in the messages: “I am the Lady, Mary, Mother of All Nations. You may say: The LADY OF ALL NATIONS or MOTHER OF ALL NATIONS.” (Feb. 11, 1951)

Why LADY of All Nations? To understand better why Our Lady appears under the biblical title LADY we naturally have to turn to Sacred Scripture. Only there is the significance of the word woman/lady opened to us.

1. Already in the first pages, in Genesis, we read about the WOMAN, who together with her Son crushes the head of the serpent:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” (Gn 3:15)

Catholic biblical scholarship has never hesitated to recognize this WOMAN as being Mary, who, united with her Son, conquers Satan. Also in Amsterdam, Mary indicated this:
“I crushed the snake with my foot. I became united with the Son, just as I was always united with Him.” (Aug. 15, 1951) “She will defeat Satan, as has been foretold. She will place her feet upon Satan’s head.” (May 31, 1955)

Kana2. At the wedding in Cana, we encounter the WOMAN who intercedes and transmits grace:

“Jesus said, ‘Woman, what do you want from me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’” (Jn 2:4-5)

Jesus does not address His mother here as WOMAN to distance Himself from her as if to reject her but rather to remind her of her universal motherly vocation.
In Amsterdam, Mary consciously refers to Cana on the one hand to describe her perfectly harmonic relationship to her Son and, on the other hand, to show that Jesus actually wanted her, as the WOMAN, to ask for the miracle. “For was it not the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who waited with His great miracle”––and now the Lady says quietly and with emphasis––“of changing water into wine, until his Mother had spoken? He intended to work His miracle, but waited until His Mother spoke. Do you understand this? … This thought shall help them to understand the relationship of the Lady with their Lord.” (May 31, 1956)

Schmerzensmutter3. The Gospel of John describes for us also the coredeeming WOMAN on Calvary:

“When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’” (Jn 19:26)

Let us hear what Pope John Paul II said about this: “… on two solemn occasions, that is, at Cana and beneath the Cross, Jesus addresses [Mary] as ‘Woman’ (cf. Jn 2:4; 19:26). Mary is associated as a woman in the work of salvation. Having created man ‘male and female’ (cf. Gn 1:27), the Lord also wants to place the New Eve beside the New Adam in the Redemption. Our first parents had chosen the way of sin as a couple; a new pair, the Son of God with his Mother’s co-operation, would re-establish the human race in its original dignity.” (Apr. 9, 1997)

“In the hour of Jesus, of His mother, and of the Church, the words of the redeemer are solemn and actuate that which they proclaim: Mary is made the mother of the disciples of Christ and of all men.”
(Mar. 8, 1983)
This confirms the message of Amsterdam on April 6, 1952: “At the sacrifice of the Cross the Son gave this title to the entire world.”

Apokalypse4. In the Apocalypse, we read about the WOMAN one last time as the one clothed with the sun:

“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labor, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth. Then a second sign appeared in the sky: there was a huge red dragon … the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was at the point of giving birth...” (Rev 12:1-4)

Pope Paul VI wrote referring to this passage: “The great sign which the Apostle John saw in heaven, ‘a woman clothed with the sun,’ is interpreted by the sacred Liturgy, not without foundation, as referring to the most blessed Mary, the mother of all men by the grace of Christ the Redeemer.” (Signum Magnum, 1967)
This confrontation between the WOMAN and the dragon allows us to think back to the words in Genesis: “I shall put enmity between you and the woman…” (Gn 3:15)
In Amsterdam, Mary said the following to the visionary on December 3, 1953: “The powers of hell will break loose. They will not, however, defeat the Lady of All Nations.”

Mary is therefore always referred to as WOMAN when indicating her universal motherly vocation for all humanity and time.
Remember well: “Humanity is entrusted to the Mother.” (Aug. 15, 1951)
In regards to this title, the Mother of All Nations gave numerous consoling promises: “Under this title she will save the world.” (Mar. 20, 1953) “She will defeat Satan, as has been foretold. She will place her feet upon Satan’s head.” (May 31, 1955) “The Lady of All Nations will be allowed to bring peace to the world. Yet she must be asked for it under this title.” (Oct. 11, 1953)
She is truly the Mother for all nations, tribes and races, regardless of what faith they might profess. She loves all her children, also those who do not yet know her motherly love, and especially those who want to know nothing about her.

Therefore, it will be the MOTHER OF ALL NATIONS who will implore for and give us enduring world peace, true ecumenism, and unity in the Holy Spirit.



Source: Conference by Fr. Paul Maria Sigl,
God shows us through Mary, the Mother of All Nations, the way to true peace
Cologne, Germany, May 31, 2009

 
 
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