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:
2. 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.
3. 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)
4. 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)
Mary is therefore always referred to as WOMAN when indicating her universal motherly vocation for all humanity and time.
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,