|4th International Day of Prayer, Amsterdam 2000|
Excerpt from the Homily of Bishop Paul Maria Hnilica SJ
The message of Coredemption was already explained in Fatima when the Angel taught when he asked them to pray for the conversion of souls and especially of those most in need of his mercy.
Moreover the visionary Sr. Lucia, who is still alive today, when I asked her what the essential message of Fatima was, told me that from the very first day Our Lady asked if we were ready to make sacrifices for sinners and to accept every suffering. Then Our Lady showed them hell and said, “You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go because there are so few who offer themselves for them. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”
What is the content of the mission of the Immaculate Heart if not this: that she would be the most interior collaborator possible of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls. We can describe her as the Coredemptrix at her Son’s side.
During the beatification of the little shepherds of Fatima the Holy Father, speaking about Jacinta, described the short life of this child with what St. Paul says when he explained, “I complete in my body what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ.”
When we speak about the Coredemptrix if it is a fact that we with Mary, the Coredemptrix, are coredeemers, then we have to emphasize at the same time that we do not place Mary on the same level as Our Redeemer Jesus Christ. We only wish to say that she, more than anyone else, was chosen to be similar to Jesus because she was chosen by God to be the Mother of His Son who became man and redeemer of all. She was the most intimate Co-worker in the Father’s plan of redemption for mankind.
Today when we conclude the fourth International Day of Prayer in Amsterdam with this Holy Mass I would like to thank Maria, the Lady of All Nations, for all the graces she has given us in these days of prayer. It really was a beautiful contribution in the lead up to the great Jubilee year that in each of the three years of preparation [for the great Jubilee] that we have an International Day of Prayer. On this feast of Pentecost in the Jubilee year together we can experience the crowning closure of this International Day of Prayer. For the coming year I would like to appeal to you all: Have the courage to run Days of Prayer in your diocese, parishes and prayer groups to enable so many people on all continents to discover and love Our Lady as their personal Mother and Coredemptrix.