MANY of your readers will be sorry to read in your editorial (March 27) that you regard the terms "Mediatrix of all Graces" and "Co-Redemptrix with Christ" as exaggerations with regard to Our Lady.
These terms did not suddenly come into use in the late fifties, but have their origins in the mists of time. Our Lady's role as "Mediatrix of all Graces" is mentioned in the encyclicals of Pope Leo XII and St Pius X.
As with devotion to the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady put the seal of approval on the title "Mediatrix of all Graces" when she appeared to St Catherine Laboure in 1830. During each apparition she spoke of "Pouring out graces on those who ask them of me". When the Miraculous Medal was struck at Our Lady's request, the rays exuding from her hands symbolised those graces.
Devotion to Our Blessed Lady has always been open to misinterpretation both within and without the Church. When the true meaning of such age-old devotions is investigated, it is unlikely that they will prove to be wrong.
Mrs M E Good hind Barnehurst, Kent