This Image must precede
Again and again, Mary directs our attention to the Cross, the center of the world. Mary asks us therefore to spread this image throughout the world because “It is the interpretation and illustration of the new dogma” (December 8, 1952).
For this reason, Mary emphasizes on several occasions that this image must precede the dogma. “This image will precede ... will precede a dogma, a new dogma” (April 15, 1951).
She Is Not the Center, Yet She Is In the Center
It is true, Mary is not the center—she stands before the Cross of her Son—yet it is GOD’S WILL that in her vocation as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate she is in the center—above all in the center of our hearts, to lead us to HIM. The Mother deliberately emphasizes what she knows about herself, “Not me, but the Cross” (December 16, 1949).
“This image speaks for itself and shall already be brought into the world, because the world needs the Cross again” (April 15, 1951).
Source: Fr. Paul Maria Sigl,