Why do Catholics Worship Mary?

(I have had a few emails and questions about Mary and the rosary recently; thus, I am reposting this series.)

Mary

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May is the month traditionally dedicated to Mary, so I thought it would be good to talk about our Catholic devotion to her. A lot of non-Catholics, and sadly some Catholics, believe that Catholics worship Mary and that is simply not true.

Catholics HONOR Mary as the mother of Jesus. They DO NOT worship Mary. If they do, they are completely wrong and mislead. Worship belongs to God and God alone.

According to dictionary.com, to honor someone is to show “high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor” and to worship someone means  “reverent honor and homage paid” or “the object of adoring reverence or regard.”  See the difference? We give our worship to God but we honor Mary as the mother of Jesus.

You see, Mary is who she is BECAUSE of who Jesus is. She was given signal graces because she was chosen to be the mother of GOD. That is why we honor her and love her.

You can also think about it this way: usually, especially those of us who have a good relationship with our mothers, of course we would want others to respect our mothers. How much more would Jesus? Of course he would expect us to honor her and respect her, and so we Catholics do.

Our devotion to Mary is centered on Jesus, and ALL true devotion to Mary leads to Jesus – ALWAYS. If not, then there is something wrong with the devotion. 🙂  Speaking of devotions, if are looking for devotions to honor Mary this month, here are 7 Ways to Honor Mary.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 29

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Mary: Queen of Heaven

“She lives now and is protecting us. She is there in heaven, body and soul, with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…But we should never think that this sublime greatness of hers makes her inaccessible to us. She is the one who is full of grace and the sum of all perfections…and she is also our Mother.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Praying the Hail Holy Queen, devoutly and with attention, several times during the day.

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Divine Mercy Novena – Introduction (Starts Tomorrow!)

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Devotion to the Divine Mercy is one of the most powerful and important devotions a Catholic should have. If you ignore all of the devotions I’ve been suggesting since January, DON’T ignore this one!

I’ve talked about Saint Faustina before and I HIGHLY recommend you read her diary. As a matter of fact, I’ve shared some quotes from her diary in the past.

In Saint Faustina’s Diary, the devotion to the Divine Mercy consists in several things:

1. The 3 o’clock hour

2. Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet

3. Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image

4. Praying the Divine Mercy Novena prior to Mercy Sunday

Over the Easter season I will talk about the the Hour of Mercy and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and encourage you to develop a “habit” of praying those two prayers. I will also talk about the significance of Divine Mercy Sunday some time this week.

For now, I want to remind you that the Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good Friday of each year (that would be tomorrow) and strongly encourage you to join in with the novena.

As I did for St. Joseph’s novena, I will post a link to the prayers each day as a reminder.

Recommended Reading

Here are a couple of sites for you to learn more about the Divine Mercy Devotion:

EWTN

Divinemercysunday.com

thedivinemercy.org

7 Sorrows of Mary

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Traditionally in the Catholic Church, September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. The Seven Sorrows of Mary represent the suffering that Our Lady endured being the mother of Jesus.

It is a beautiful devotion; one that I just recently discovered. It must be one of those hidden devotions that aren’t practiced much any more. Too bad, too. It would be good for us to remember more often the sufferings Mary endured as the mother of the Savior.

The Seven Sorrows are:

1. The Prophecy of Simeon.
2. The Flight of Jesus, Mary and Joseph into Egypt.
3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple.
4. Mary meets Jesus on the way of the Cross.
5. Jesus dies on the Cross.
6. Mary receives the dead body of Jesus.
7. Jesus is placed in the tomb.

To find more about the devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary go to the Catholic Tradition website; or, go to sevensorrows.com for the biblical basis of this devotion.

May you, during this month of September, draw ever closer with our Lord Jesus. God bless you.