Immaculate Conception Linked to Mediation
And it is now clear that our relationship to Mary the Co-Redemptrix and Dispenser of graces in the economy of the redemption has not been understood from the beginning with uniform clarity. Nevertheless our belief in the mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is daily growing greater. In this brief article we want to show what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary contributes to the doctrine of Mary's mediation.
The work of our redemption depends directly on the Second Person of God, Jesus Christ. By his blood He reconciled us to the Father, for with it he made satisfaction for the sin of Adam and merited for us sanctifying grace, various actual graces and the right to enter heaven.
Still, the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity also participates in this work in that He transforms the souls of men into temples of God by the power of the redemption achieved by Christ, and He makes us children of God by adoption and heirs of the kingdom of heaven, according to the words of St. Paul:
You have been washed, you have been justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Ghost of our God. (1 Cor 6:11)
The Holy Ghost, who is God-Love, unites us to the other two divine Persons when He descends into our souls. For this reason St. Paul writes in his letter to the Romans:
We do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Holy Ghost Himself pleads for us with un-speakable groanings. (Rom 8:26)
In the epistle to the Corinthians he also says the distribution of graces depends on the will of the Holy Ghost:
To one indeed is given the speaking of wisdom through the Ghost, to another the speaking of knowledge ... to another the gift of healing in the same Ghost; to another die working of wonders, to another prophecy … One and the same Ghost however does all these things (1 Cor 12:8–11)