Mary Mary…quite contrary….

…to what I have been taught (see what I did there..)

The way that some Catholics treat Mary was one of the hardest things that I have had to deal with as far as my conversion to Catholicism goes. When I told my immediate family about my conversion, they were supportive, but the one thing that was requested of me was no Mary or Pope worship! (I did explain to them the Catholic understanding of these topics. There request came from what they saw on TV whenever the Pope visited a country (kissing the ring and bowing) or a Mary apparition was found.)

The Catholic position of Mary being the “Mother of God” as well as the mother of the church is not where my problem lied.  Mary is indeed the mother of Jesus and the bible says we are to call her “blessed”.  Not a problem at all!

My issue is with what’s called as veneration to her.  Or even worse, consecration to Mary.  Veneration….consecration…devotion…those are some very scary words to a protestant.  It appears to take the focus off of Christ and on to Mary.  Not to mention, there are images that don’t look to cool to non-catholics (and orthodox), such as:

The most important thing to any Christian is to be focused on Jesus Christ, our Saviour.  Anything that takes the focus off of Him and on to something else is blasphemy, right?  St. Louis de Montfort is the most well-known saint to many Mary consecrators.  de Montfort, in his writings called “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary” says “ “All that belongs to God by nature belongs to Mary by grace”, say the saints, and, according to them, just as Jesus and Mary have the same will and the same power, they have also the same subjects, servants and slaves.” He also writes Moreover, if, as I have said, the Blessed Virgin is the Queen and Sovereign of heaven and earth, does she not then have as many subjects and slaves as there are creatures? “All things, including Mary herself, are subject to the power of God. All things, God included, are subject to the Virgin’s power”, so we are told by St. Anselm, St. Bernard, St. Bernardine and St. Bonaventure. Really? Wow!  I do think some people, past and present, take things to far – bordering (if not crossing over) to marian worship.

You’re probably asking “is she gonna come to a point of all of this?”  The answer is “no.” LOL!!

However, let me say this: I have prayed the rosary several times.  At first, it was a little weird and uncomfortable. But every time after that, it was peaceful and serene.  The rosary is a fabulous way to meditate on the life of Christ.  And yes, it IS a meditation of the life on Christ, not on the the life of Mary.  I do love praying the rosary (did I just say that out loud?) and I truly believe it does draw you closer to God in your prayer life. (But be sure to be silent and listen for God to speak to you.)  I don’t do it as often as I believe that I should, admittedly.  I also feel drawn to her in a way – I want to know as much about her as possible.

Now, from what I understand, it is not a requirement that Catholics pray the rosary or venerate Mary (or any other saint).  However, I do believe that we should live our lives as Mary did: with unshakeable belief and worship to her son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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5 thoughts on “Mary Mary…quite contrary….

  1. My spiritual director explains it this way: Jesus is our life; Mary is our model. It is through her example of obedience, fidelity, humility, that we learn to live in Jesus. And thanks for pointing out that the Rosary is a meditation on the life of Christ. That point trips up many people.

  2. my husband and i were once graced with an overwhelming fragrance of lilacs (in the middle of winter) while we were sharing our reasons for praying the Rosary with some online protestant friends. at the time, we didn’t know that Our Lady is often associated with lilacs. when we realized what had happened, we were speechless! we love the Rosary and we pray it as a family, too. our Blessed Mother Mary will only lead you ever deeper into the Sacred Heart of her Son, Our Lord. Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis!
    God bless you!

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