"When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her into his own household" (John 19:26-27)
St. Albert the Great wrote in Mary, Canice, p. 36: "Immediately next to being God is being the Mother of God." She held a unique role in salvation's history. Jesus Christ redeemed us, but Mary remains the Mother of Jesus and our spiritual mother. She is not equal to God but rather the most glorious person created by God because of her humility, trust in God, and above all, her Immaculate Conception. Cannon Francis Ripley writes in This is the Faith pg. 367: "Because of the inexpressible dignity that is hers, the Catholic Church has from the beginning given Mary the highest form of honor below that reserved for God alone. The Church's practice has always reflected her belief that, provided Mary is not "adored" (which is the unique honor given to God alone), she cannot be honored to excess."
Various articles of mine on Mary:
- Mother of God (Solemnity)
- Mother of God (Examination of Doctrine)
- The Ark of the New Covenant
- May - The month of Mary
- Presentation of Mary
- The Immaculate Conception
- The Queenship of Mary
- The Assumption of Mary
- Our Lady of Fatima
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- Our Lady of Lourdes
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel
- Our Lady of Sorrows
- Our Lady of Guadalupe
- Our Lady of La Salette
- That she is the Mother of God;
- That she was Ever-Virgin;
- That she was immaculately conceived (remained sinless too);
- That she was assumed into Heaven and crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth;
- That she is Mediatrix of all Graces, Co-Redemptrix and Advocate for the People of God.
"Q39: Why pray to Mary at all?
A: Because God wills that we should do so, and because such prayers to her are of the utmost value. God often wills to give certain favors only on condition that we go to some secondary agent. Sodom was to be spared through the intercession of Abraham (Genesis 18:20-33). Naaman, the leper, was to be cured only through the waters of the Jordan (2 Kings 5:9-14). Now Mary is, and must ever remain, the Mother of Christ. She still has a mother's rights and privileges, and is able to obtain for us many graces. But let us view things reasonably. if I desire to pray, I can certainly pray to God directly. Yet would you blame me if, at times, I were to ask my own earthly mother to pray for me also? Such a request is really a prayer to her that she may intercede for me with God. Certainly, if I met the mother of Christ on earth, I would ask her to pray for me, and she would do so. And in her more perfect state with Christ in Heaven she is more able to help me."
-- Adapted from Virgin and Statue Worship: Quizzes to A Street Preacher by Fr. Chas. M. Carty and Rev. Dr. Rumble.Marian Prayers:
- Prayer for Mary's Intercession by St. Francis
- A Prayer to Jesus and Mary for the Holy Souls in purgatory
- An Eternal Alliance with Mary
- Dedication of oneself to the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Prayer of Devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal