THE SERVANT GENERAL
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Mary is co-redemptrix. Now there is only one Redeemer of the
world, and that is Jesus. But the role of Mary in the work
of salvation is so significant as to merit her the title of
Co-Redemptrix. “Co” means “with.”
God worked through His Son Jesus, but also through Mary. In
the history of salvation, Jesus and Mary have always worked
as a dynamic duo, a terrific tandem, a perfect pair. It was
about Jesus and Mary that God prophesied the crushing of the
head of the serpent (in Genesis 3), and it was Jesus and Mary
whom the dragon, the ancient serpent, tried to crush but could
not, and instead was thrown out of heaven (in Revelation 12).
was Mary’s yes that got the ball rolling on God’s
plan of salvation, to send His own Son into the world through
a woman (Lk 1:31,38). Her Son Jesus was the Savior. It was
Mary, together with the apostles and disciples, who “devoted
themselves with one accord to prayer” (Acts 1:14a) in
the upper room, and were the ones on whom the Holy Spirit
descended on the day of Pentecost. This day marked the beginning
of the Church and her work of rapid and massive worldwide
evangelization. Jesus’ triumph on the cross and the
proclamation of this good news are what have pushed against
the forces of evil and darkness in the world.
this spiritual war, it always seems that Jesus and Mary might
be overwhelmed by the forces of the enemy. Satan caused the
crucifixion and death of Jesus, even causing his disciples
to give up on their hopes of salvation from their oppressors.
And so it was with Judith, a woman facing Holofernes, the
ranking general of the Assyrian forces. But Judith slew Holofernes
and gave Israel the victory.
said to Judith, “Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most
High God, above all the women on earth” (Jdt 13:18a).
The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Hail, favored one!
The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have
found favor with God.” (Lk 1:28,30). Later Elizabeth
said “Most blessed are you among women.” Then
Mary herself said, “behold, from now on will all ages
call me blessed.”
She is the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the Mother of God.
She is Co-Redemptrix. She is Mediatrix of All Grace. She is
our mother. She is our protector. She is our intercessor.
this spiritual war, we march not only under our Commander-in-Chief,
our Lord Jesus Christ, but also under the banner of Mary.
We as CFC-FFL have been consecrated to Mary since the restoration
of 2007. Let us honor and venerate her. Let us invoke her
divine intercession. Let us pray the rosary daily.
said to Judith that God “guided your blow at the head
of the leader of our enemies.” (Jdt 13:18b). God said
to the serpent in Eden that the woman and her offspring will
strike at his head. Both Judith and Mary dealt mortal blows.
said to Judith, “Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who recall the might of God.” (Jdt 13:19).
We as evangelizers look to the might of God, the power of
the Holy Spirit, in engaging the enemy. We know Jesus has
already won the victory, in which we share. Let us never forget
that we are indebted to a simple Jewish maiden, who gave her
yes to become the mother of the Savior. In her deed is our
hope. In her continuing intercession is our continuing hope.