The Catholic Church's devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus, has a been a point of contention and confusion inside and out of the Church. At the heart of our traditions and beliefs surrounding Mary is one of the last things Jesus says on the Cross:
"“Woman, behold, your son!” Then He *said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household." John 19:26-27
We believe from that point on, Mary became the Mother to all who follow her Son, and we, like John, recognize her as our mother and welcome her into our own households. In the Catechism, we are told that just as Mary is the mother of Jesus, is the mother to all in His church and longs to bring us closer to her Son. Her role, in relation to the Church and us, is that she offers "a model of obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity" (968). Therefore, the very core of what we believe is that Mary wants to love and support us as she did for her Son and His disciples.
"All generations will call me blessed," making the devotion to Mary is intrinsic to our worship. Distinct from the adoration given God and the Word, we venerate and honor Mary and all that she has given us. We have complete faith in Mary's role in our faith, as the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven. She as assumed into Heaven, body and soul, and has been there as our mother and advocate ever since. Similar to the queens of times past, she is seated closest to the king. She has his ear and heart in all matters and wants to bring our petitions humbly to God after listening to the petitions we bring to her.
At its core, our devotion to Mary is focused on three things:
1.) We honor her for devotion to God and willingness to say, "yes", to God's request for her to carry His son. In doing this, Mary became mother to God and to us all.
2.) Mary is the Queen of Heaven, the holiest of the saints, and sits next to her Son, allowing her to advocate for us as she did on earth, such as at the Wedding of Canaa.
3.) We venerate Mary, honor her, and intercede through her by asking her to pray for us through devotions like the Rosary.
Throughout the month, we are going to dive into learning about Mary, Marian consecration, various apparitions of Mary, other interesting parts of our devotion to her. From Mary as Theotokos to Our Lady of Guadalupe, from the Rosary to the Miraculous Medal, May is dedicated to cultivating a deeper understanding of our Lady and the wonderful faith in her Son she wants to help us develop.
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