On Wednesday, Pope Francis claimed that Jesus entrusted the Virgin Mary to us as a Mother, not as a co-redeemer.
The pope said in his general audience on March 24 that while Christians have always given Mary beautiful names, it is important to note that Christ is the only redeemer.
He was addressing a theological debate about whether the Church should issue a dogmatic definition declaring Mary “Co-Redemptrix,” in honor of her role in humanity’s salvation.
“Jesus extended Mary’s maternity to the entire Church when He entrusted her to his beloved disciple shortly before dying on the cross,” the pope noted.
“From that moment on, we have all been gathered under her mantle, as depicted in certain medieval frescoes or paintings. Even the first Latin antiphon — sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix: the Madonna who ‘covers,’ like a Mother, to whom Jesus entrusted us, all of us; but as a Mother, not as a goddess, not as co-redeemer: as Mother.”
He continued: “It is true that Christian piety has always given her beautiful titles, as a child gives his or her mamma: how many beautiful things children say about their mamma whom they love so much! How many beautiful things.”
“But we need to be careful: the things the Church, the saints, say about her, beautiful things, about Mary, subtract nothing from Christ’s sole Redemption. He is the only Redeemer. They are expressions of love like a child for his or her mamma — some are exaggerated. But love, as we know, always makes us exaggerate things, but out of love.”
The pope gave his address, dedicated to prayer in communion with Mary, in the library of the Apostolic Palace due to coronavirus restrictions. The address was part of his cycle of catechesis on prayer, which he launched in May and resumed in October following nine addresses on healing the world after the pandemic.
Noting that he was speaking on the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Annunciation, which falls on March 25, he said: “Christ is the Mediator, Christ is the bridge that we cross to turn to the Father. He is the only Redeemer: there are no co-redeemers with Christ. He is the only one. He is the Mediator par excellence.”
Christ’s “one mediation,” he said, sheds light on the role of Mary.
“She occupies a privileged place in the lives of Christians, and therefore, in their prayer as well, because she is the Mother of Jesus,” he said.
Referring to a celebrated image of Mary in Bari Cathedral, southern Italy, he emphasized that the Virgin points the way to Jesus.
He said: “Her hands, her eyes, her behavior are a living ‘catechism,’ always indicating the hinge, she always points out the center: Jesus. Mary is completely directed toward Him to such an extent that we can say she is more disciple than Mother. The directions she gave at the wedding at Cana: ‘He: do whatever he will tell you.’ She always refers to Christ. She is the first disciple.”
He continued: “This is the role Mary fulfilled throughout her entire earthly life and which she forever retains: to be the humble handmaid of the Lord, nothing more. At a certain point in the Gospels, she almost seems to disappear; but then she reappears in the more crucial moments, such as at Cana, when her Son, thanks to her caring intervention, performs his first ‘sign,’ and then on Golgotha at the foot of the cross.”
He described how Christians began to pray to Mary, using expressions found in the Gospels, such as “full of grace” and “blessed are you among women.” The Council of Ephesus in AD 431 approved the title “Mother of God,” which was added to the Hail Mary prayer.
Reflecting on the line “now and at the hour of our death” in the Hail Mary, he said: “Mary is always present at the bedside of her children when they depart this world. If someone is alone and abandoned, she is Mother, she is there, near, as she was next to her Son when everyone else abandoned him.”
“Mary was and is present in these days of the pandemic, near to the people who, unfortunately, have concluded their earthly journey all alone, without the comfort of or the closeness of their loved ones. Mary is always there next to us, with her maternal tenderness.”
Concluding his reflection, he said: “She listens as Mother. Just like, and more than, every good mother, Mary defends us from danger, she is concerned about us even when we are concentrated on our own things and lose a sense of the way, and when we put not only our health in danger, but also our salvation.”
“Mary is there, praying for us, praying for those who do not pray. To pray with us. Why? Because she is our Mother.”
In remarks at the end of the audience, the pope expressed sorrow at terrorist attacks in the West African state of Niger that have claimed 137 lives.
“Let us pray for the victims, for their families and for the entire population so that the violence suffered may not cause them to lose trust in the path of democracy, justice and peace,” he said.
He also conveyed his sympathies to people affected by flooding in the Australian state of New South Wales
He said: “I am near the people and the families affected once again by this calamity, especially those who saw their houses destroyed. I give encouragement to those who are doing everything possible to search for those who are missing and to bring aid.”
He also noted that World Tuberculosis Day falls on March 24, the day in 1882 when the German physician Robert Koch announced that he had identified the bacterium causing the infectious disease.
The pope said: “May this annual event foster a renewed interest in the treatment of this disease and increased solidarity toward those who suffer from it. Upon them and their families, I invoke the Lord’s consolation.”
Battle Grounds: You Are A Very Stupid Man– Reverend Owusu Bempah Heavily Insults NDC’s Baba Jamal
On Wednesday, April 7, Okay FM became a battleground as the founder of Glorious Word Power Ministry, Isaac Owusu Bempah, and Baba Jamal, the former Member of Parliament for Akwatia, traded jabs.
In response to Owusu Bempah’s prophecy, Baba Jabal warned that members of the NDC would be forced to attack his pastoral works if he did not stop attacking former President John Dramani Mahama.
An enraged Baba Jamal dismissed Owusu Bempah’s prophecy that the former president is cursed and will be unable to run for re-election in the future unless the spell is broken.
“I have told him several times that if he doesn’t stop mentioning John Mahama’s name, we will also force our way into his pastoral work. All I want to tell him is that he should take his prophecy and we will focus on our politics.
Reacting to the comment by Baba Jamal on the same programme, Owusu Bempah reprimanded the ex-MP for attacking his prophecies.
He noted that Baba Jamal has developed a habit of attacking him and cautioned that he is not the only person allowed to criticise politicians.
“I want him (Baba Jamal) to understand that the country does not belong to him. If he can express his opinion on any president then everyone can. Is he saying we cannot say anything about the former president? I haven’t said that he (John Mahama) has been cursed. I’m just saying there are certain things he must perform to ensure that he wins the election.
“There is something called ancestral curse. Some people are suffering from curses from their grandparents. What is wrong if I say this. I don’t know what I have done to warrant insult from people.
“Baba Jamal, If you are a Muslim, focus on your Islam. Don’t bring it into my pastoral activities. What power do you have to veer into my pastoral life. You have no such power. You have attacked me so many times and I have ignored you but be careful? If you insult me, I will respond. Is there something wrong with your brain? You are a stupid man,” he blurted.
Nana Kwaku Bonsam Finally Speaks On Kasoa Boy’s Ritual Murder
A leading spiritualist, Nana Kweku Bonsam, has slammed ritualists who engage in activities such as “money doubling” and the promise of infinite riches known as “pocket-no-dry.”
He referred to such individuals as scammers and advised the general public to avoid using their services because what they claimed to do was non-existent.
GhanaCNN monitored his appearances on Accra-based Joy FM’s Friday night news program, Ghana Connects, during which he addressed a variety of issues relating to the role that ritualism plays in genuinely improving people’s lives.
“I use animals; I use maybe chicken, guinea fowl, dove, cow, sheep to do it. I could never ask anyone to go and do something bad to another person to bring human blood or do anything of the sort.
“Even in my shrine, I do not do ‘double money’ or ‘pocket no dry.’ There is no double money or pocket no dry in this world. If any one says I will do double money or pocket no dry, note that there is no such thing in this world.”
Per his diagnosis, some television networks and social media platforms were complicit in promoting the illicit and deadly activities of these charlatans.
“… people are using it and showing it on the television and social media and they have some supporters like some media houses who advertise the services of such persons.
“I have a TV station but I can’t pay my monthly services because it is higher but those people who do the charm, double money and pocket no dry, they are always paying. We don’t have the money to pay because we are not engaged in scam,” he added.
A week ago, reports emerged from the Lamptey Mills area in Kasoa that two teenage boys had allegedly murdered an 11-year-old Ishmael Mensah after violently attacking him in an uncompleted building.
Police arrested the duo and have since processed them before the courts while the body of the deceased was also released to the family for burial last Wednesday.
According to police prosecutors, the main motive of the two accused was to use the victim for money rituals. The said priestess who reportedly demanded that they bring human parts for the sacrifice was also arrested during the week.
The incident has triggered a national debate on how society glorifies wealth on one hand and the role especially of the media in promoting the activities of spiritualists.
I Visited Heaven And God Told Me That NDC Will Stay In Power For 16-Years If Mahama Wins 2024 Polls – Popular Prophet
According to Prophet Benjamin Nana Yaw Osei Tutu, General Overseer of Yehowa Beye Prayer Ministry, if former President John Dramani Mahama wins the 2024 elections, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will rule Ghana for 16 years.
Speaking on Rainbow radio, the man of God stated that Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu will follow in the footsteps of John Mahama after he completes his term.
“If Mr. Mahama serves his term, Haruna Iddrisu will follow. I saw him holding the flag of Ghana in his hands. The presidency would be in the hands of the people from the Northern region and the NDC for 16 years.”
According to him, the only way for the NPP to avoid defeat in 2024 is for him to forfeit the Presidential Primaries and allow Bawumia to succeed Akufo-Addo.
He stated that President Akufo-Addo must step down in order for his Vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, to take over if the New Patriotic Party (NPP) wishes to extend its eight-year term.
Meanwhile, Rev. Owusu Bempah was in the news after he said that former president John Dramani Mahama will never be president again in Ghana.
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