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By Donald DeMarco, Crisis Magazine, March 25, 2020

Donald DeMarco is professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University and adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He’s a regular contributor to the St. Austin Review.

Donald DeMarcoA mediator is someone who is situated between two parties and seeks to bring them into accord. The mediator does have a particular position of his own but operates in a completely unselfish manner. A medium, in the sense of a psychic, refers to one who establishes contact with the supernatural world. All three senses refer to a middle through which two things are brought into contact with each other.

In Catholic Mariology, Mary is given the title “Mediatrix” to indicate that she, as Mother of God, is the medium through which flow all God’s graces. The Second Vatican Council (Lumen Gentium, 61-2) states that “she cooperated in the work of the Savior, in an altogether singular way, by obedience, faith, hope, and burning love, to restore supernatural life to souls. As a result she is our Mother in the order of grace.”

It may be said that Mary is a mediatrix of grace in three ways: first, as the Mother of God, through whom Christ came into the world;   …

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