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An Image for Meditation

When looking for the first time at the image of the Lady of All Nations you may be surprised to see Mary standing before the Redeemer’s Cross without Jesus. “Does she not block the Cross?” one might ask critically.

It seems almost as if the Mother standing in front of the dark cross wants to encourage us through this unusual image to ask questions and challenge us to meditate her vocation and her place in the divine plan of redemption more deeply. Naturally, Mary could stand aside and point to the Redeemer on the Cross.

Many artists, in fact, throughout the centuries have depicted the suffering of Jesus and Mary on Calvary like this or in a similar way. Yet heaven does not try in the image of Amsterdam to describe the vocation of the Redeemer and his redemptive sufferings, rather “they will use this image for the Coredemptrix” (April 29, 1951) as it is written in the messages.

Yes, this image is meant to describe the vocation of the co-redeeming Mother without ever casting a shadow on the Redeemer. For Jesus is already risen and has returned to the Father in the splendor of heaven. Thus, He is no longer on the Cross. It stands in the radiant light of the resurrection from which Mary is enveloped.

Our Lady, centered before the Cross, helps us to understand that Mother and Son are inseparably united in their mission. Where the Son is, there is also the Mother. The divine Son himself has called her into the center as Coredemptrix. From there we can joyfully realize that she, as the Mother of all nations, transmits the jointly suffered graces of redemption, intercedes for us and defends us.

Source: Fr. Paul Maria Sigl,
Die Frau aller Völker 'Miterlöserin Mittlerin Fürsprecherin'
Amsterdam – Rome, March 25, 1998