Let’s swim against the tide today, and honor Mary as the Church once honored her, as Queen, for today is the feast of the Queenship of Mary. In her litany, she is honored with the title of Queen 13 times, but following the disobedience of John XXIII, true devotion to Mary as Queen gradually ebbed away.
Dr. Roberto de Mattei’s, “The Second Vatican Council, an unwritten story” has many well documented examples of the expressed intentions of the Council Fathers to minimize the role of Mary in order to promote ecumenism. He references Congar, Rahner, Laurentin, Frings and others, but perhaps the most telling quote was the one from Pope John XXIII when he was Patriarch of Venice.
In a letter of 22 April, 1954, he wrote of Mary,
“Jesus dying said to John: Behold your Mother – this is sufficient for the faith and for the liturgy. The rest may be edifying (and it is mostly) and for many pious and devout souls, moving; but for many, many more, even if they are well-inclined towards the Catholic Church – it is irritating – and as we say these days – counter-productive”.
Amazing. Devotion to Mary is “irritating”? Really? And Pope Francis must agree with Roncalli, since he canonized him!
Father Dominic Bourmand’s “One Hundred Years of Modernism“ explains that much of the downgrading of devotion to Mary was at the instigation of one theologian, Fr. Karl Rahner, who was the personal theologian of German Cardinal Konig. Rahner had already run afoul of the Holy Office by protesting the Assumption of Mary and even the Virginal Maternity! But poor Pope John XXIII, in the darkness of his disobedience, overrode all opposition and approved Rahner’s participation along with other questionable “experts” such as Congar. Schillebeeckz, Kung, Ratzinger and Chenu.
After the Council, Pope John Paul II who is always glorified in “conservative” Catholic circles as “The Marian Pope”, even had a hand in dethroning Mary. On May 29, 1996, Pope John Paul II, citing Genesis 3,15 said,
“We have already had the occasion to point out that this version does not correspond to the Hebrew text, according to which it is not the woman but rather her [seed], her descendant, who was to crush the head of the serpent. This text attributes the victory over Satan not to Mary but to her Son.” (Bourmand, “One Hundred Years of Modernism”)
Father Bourmand correctly points out that
“The Pope knew that his interpretation went against the unanimous tradition of the Fathers and very particularly against the dogmatic bull of Pius XII defining the Assumption.”
This dethroning of Mary has become even worse as we continue to plumb the depths of auto-demolition under this Humble Pope of Surprises. We have covered them previously.
We know that we will not err if we hold firm to the faith of our Fathers, as it has always been proclaimed and practiced. And so we turn to some prophetic quotes about our Immaculate Queen that may help us in these challenging times.
From St. Louis Marie de Montfort:
“The power of Mary over all devils will be particularly outstanding in the last period of time. She will extend the Kingdom of Christ over the idolaters and Moslems, and there will come a glorious era in which Mary will be the ruler and queen of human hearts.”
In 1665, Venerable Maria de Agreda:
“it is through the intercession of the Mother of God that all heresies will disappear. This victory over heresies has been reserved by Christ for His Blessed Mother. … In the last times, the Lord will especially spread the renown of His Mother: Mary began salvation and by her intercession it will be concluded. Before the second coming of Christ Mary must, more than ever, shine in mercy, might and grace in order to bring unbelievers into the Catholic Faith. The powers of Mary in the last times over the demons will be very conspicuous.
Mary will extend the reign of Christ over the heathens and Mohammedans and it will be a time of great joy when Mary, as Mistress and Queen of Hearts, is enthroned.
St. John Bosco, In an earlier post, “And they realized they were no longer in Rome”
The vision of the Pope leading the faithful away from Rome, amidst fearful storms and darkness. ” … two angels were seen carrying a banner, going they presented it to the Holy Father and said: ‘Receive the banner of He Who fights and scatters the strongest armies of the world. Your enemies are dispersed. Your children with tears and sighs beg you to return.’ “Looking at the banner one could see written on one side, ‘Queen conceived without sin,’ and on the other side, ‘Help of Christians.’
From Father Gerald Culleton’s “The Prophets and our Times”, we read the prophecy of a Bernadine Sister dated sometime just prior to 1938:
“I was shown in spirit the vast devastation caused by the devil throughout the world, and at the same time she heard the Blessed Virgin telling her that it was true, hell had been let loose upon the earth; and that the time had come to pray to her as the Queen of Angels and to ask of her the assistance of the heavenly legions to fight against these deadly foes of God and of men.
“But my good Mother,” she replied, “You who are so kind could you not send them without our asking?”
“No,” Our Lady answered, “because prayer is one of the conditions required by God Himself for obtaining favors.” Then the Blessed Virgin communicated the following prayer, bidding her to have it printed and distributed.
Prayer to Mary, Queen of Angels
“August Queen of Heaven! Sovereign Mistress of Angels! ‘Thou who from the beginning has received from God the power and mission to crush the head of Satan: we humbly beseech thee to send thy holy legions, that under thy command, and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits: encounter them on every side: resist their bold attacks and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe. Amen.’”
This prayer with a slight variation is also available from the website, Tradition in Action and they also have available a lovely Holy Card with the prayer.
As Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen reminds us in “The World’s First Love“,
Mary is not only Mother of those who are in a state of grace, but is also Queen of those who are not. … Mary asks pardon even for those who, who as agents of satan, would recrucify her Son. Pope Pius XII says that she, as the true Queen of Martyrs, more than any of the faithful, filled up for His Body the Church the sufferings that were wanting to the Passion of Christ!
St. Gemma Galgani, of modern times, one day was interceding with Our Lord for the soul of a certain sinner. As Gemma pleaded for mercy, the Saviour recounted one by one his frightful and abnormal sins. After the Saviour had refused three times, St. Gemma Galgani said: “Then I shall ask your Mother.” Our Lord answered: “In that case, I cannot refuse.” An hour later the sinner in question came to the confessor of the saint and made his full confession.
Pope Leo XIII affirms in an encyclical on the Rosary: “It can be said that by a divine disposition nothing can be communicated to us from the infinite treasure of grace except through Mary. Thus just as no one can draw near to the Father save by means of the Son, so too ordinarily no one can draw near to Christ except by means of His mother.”
If you would like to renew your Consecrations, here is St. Maximilian Kolbe’s:
Total Consecration to the Immaculate Queen of Heaven
O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, whom God has made the treasurer of His mercy, I, an unworthy sinner, beseech thee to accept me as thy property and possession.
To thee, O Mother, I offer all the faculties of my soul and body, and I place my life, my death and my eternity in thy hands, that thou may use my entire being according to thy will. Use me, O Immaculate Virgin, as thou will to fulfill that which was written of thee – “She shall crush thy head”, and “Thou hast destroyed all heresies in all the world”.
Deign that I may become in thy most pure and merciful hands a useful instrument to make thee known and loved and to increase those who love thee in order that the Kingdom of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus may be established and spread throughout the world.
V. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin,
R. Give me strength against thy enemies!
As St. Albert the Great reminded us, Our Lady’s title, Queen of Mercy, Mother of Mercy could never be applied to any other, and we do well to turn to her especially in these times, so clouded by false mercy.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us and on all poor sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Queen of Heaven, our Mother.