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.)

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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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Mary Mother of God and Happy New Year!

I wish all of you a blessed, happy and grace-filled New Year!

Today is also the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which is a wonderful feast to bring in the new  year. Let this solemnity be an incentive to strengthen and deepen our relationship with Mary because the closer we are to Mary, the closer we are to Jesus!

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31 Days With Mary: Day 27

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Mary: Mother of Fair Love

“Mary, my dearest mother, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility, that I may receive Jesus as you did–and go in haste to give him to others.” –Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Offering: Beginning the practice of saying three Hail Marys before going to sleep each night.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 14

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Mary: Losing and Finding the child Jesus

“The Mother of God, who looked for her Son so anxiously when he was lost (through no fault of her own) and experienced such great joy in finding him, will help us retrace our steps and put right whatever may be necessary when, because of our carelessness or our sins, we have been unable to recognize Christ. With her help, we willl know the happiness of holding him in our arms once more and telling him we will never lose him again.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: A thorough, sincere confession of our sins and faults in the Sacrament of Reconcilliation.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 4

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Mary’s Family: The Trinity on Earth

“It is only natural that the Church rejoice as it contemplates the modest home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Devoutly praying a decade of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.