Camille from Assorted Joys was wonderful enough to tackle to topic of the Blessed Virgin Mary – no small task. But, somehow she summed up the Catholic view of Mary in a perfect Catholic 101 post. Check out her blog to learn more about her travels, homeschooling and her triumphs and not-so-good mom moments.
Mary: Mother of God.
Mary isn’t a goddess and we don’t worship her as if she were. We don’t idolize statues of her and the title “Mother of God” doesn’t mean she is above Jesus Christ.
Who is Mary to Catholics then?
The ultimate mother. A mother free of sin, gentle, kind, and unfathomably loving. She knew her Son was the Son of God and she spent her lifetime on earth and her eternity in heaven bringing others closer to him. “Do whatever he tells you”, she said to the servant at the wedding at Cana, and she says the same to each of us.
We ask Mary to pray for us (we do not pray to her as an equal to God), to pray with us, and to intercede on our behalf. When Catholics ask Mary to pray for them, it is much like asking a friend to pray for you. But, Mary has a much closer connection to the Son than anyone on Earth. Why do we ask Mary to intercede for us? We know that she was chosen directly by God for one of the most important jobs ever held by a human being on this planet – to raise, love, and care for the Son of God.
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