This small book carries a big message. Not only does the booklet discuss in detail the image of Mary as portrayed in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ," but it also features a larger section on Mary's role as Co-redemptrix with Christ. The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, who take a vow of consecration to Our Lady, fully understand the meaning of Co-redemptrix and explain it well here. Our Lady is in no way competing with Christ with this title. Rather, she is His "right hand woman," so to speak, in the task of redemption, working with Him and because of Him for the salvation of all souls, bought with the blood of her Son.
The final part of the book contains meditations on the Seven Sorrows of Mary and how to use the Rosary to meditate upon these. Two acts of consecration to Our Lady are also included.
From the Preface:
"The Immaculate virgin is always present in our lives because she is the Woman who is Mother of all the living. She lives with us, since she was present at the beginning, at our spiritual rebirth, when the Church was born from the side of Christ and from her pierced soul. Jesus had at least one companion who understood His burden and who was willing to go wherever He led. As Mary was present to Him, so now she is present to us. She gave Him everything and will teach us to do the same.
"We always do well to come closer to truths like this. Once in a great while the heavens open and we see clearly. Rarely does a movie behave as an actual grace in such a profound way, but the The Passion of the Christ is an exception.
"The Marian gift of The Passion of the Christ is an opportunity to understand and to remember with its memories of Mary. Remembering in this way is an occasion to be grateful for her presence. I am grateful to her for the movie, and also for the faith and courage of Mel Gibson.
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"For those who are not exactly sure what the Coredemption is or who are certain that it is a heresy, Part II, "A Primer on Marian Coredemption" might profitably be read first or referred to while reading Part I. The devotions in Part III are a practical way of remembering what must not be forgotten, of seeing the things Mary saw and standing where she stood. May we se and bear witness to what really happened (cf. John 19:35)."
This small book carries a big message. Not only does the booklet discuss in detail the image of Mary as portrayed in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ," but it also features a larger section on Mary's role as Co-redemptrix with Christ. 2 LEFT