Catholics Do Not Worship Mary
Direct Quote From the Book: "True Devotion to Mary"!
"I avow, with all the Church, that Mary, being but a mere creature that has come from the hands of the Most High, is, in comparison with His Infinite Majesty, less than an atom; or rather she is nothing at all, because He only is "He who is"....author St. Louis de Montfort, canonized and a doctor of the Church.
...it was but Mary who found grace before God... "Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amoung women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus" (salutation from the angel Gabriel.
[What mysteries God partly reveals to us...yet many things we will not understand until we reach heaven and even then, not all, as if we understood all..we would be equal to our God.]
Mary is NOT God, She is Not worshiped, but she IS special.
I know this has been and probably will be for a long time, a very debated and misunderstood subject! Even I had confusion with it myself. But I feel it is important to discuss, to write about, and to be informed of. So, here I go!
I was raised Catholic, and wasn't always attending church weekly or doing my best. At age 33, which is a wonderful age, because Jesus died for us when he was 33, I became what you call a "born again Christian" and stayed away from Mass.
Then I missed mass so I went back. What was missing in my life was the Eucharist and things at mass you don't get in bible churches. It's a long long story. Too long to tell right now.
So, to this day though, I still feel I need to read the bible daily, AND the Catholic church in EVERY mass preaches the gospel and from different books of the bible, so anyone telling you that Catholics are against the bible are lying! In fact, there are so many misunderstandings and lies about Catholics that I can't name them all!
But what this page is about is Mary. Yes. Mary in the bible is the mother of Jesus. She was impregnated by the Holy Spirit. She is often called the "house of God" because she had Him in her womb.
Mary is such a complex subject. Why? Because, she is not mentioned a lot in the bible. Can you imagine, that if God created a "special" woman to be the one who held Jesus in her womb for 9 months, I mean she had to be special or why would God put his Divine holy Son in something filthy?! So, God created a woman who was born without original sin, that only makes sense.
But, we Do NOT worship Mary. NO!
We only recognize her "specialness".
Please let me also say, before I forget, that it has been talked about that Mary was very humble and did NOT want to be mentioned a lot in the bible. Jesus did call her woman when He changed water into wine. But, can you imagine the PAIN, if you were the mother of Jesus, you would have had to go through to see him crucified, knowing He was God, and also not to mention having to run away from Herod and travel to Egypt while pregnant, and have a birth in a stable---if you are a woman,,,,,can you imagine giving birth in a filthy place like that? These are just a few "inconveniences" she endured but all willingly, if you read when the angel Gabriel in the bible "asked" her if her if she would be the mother of Jesus, she CHOSE so WILLINGLY...."Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy word." later she said, "He has done great things to me" and "All generations shall call me blessed". Yeah--don't let anyone fool you. These are important things to keep in mind.
This subject alone could keep catholics confused or out of mass!
That is why I am writing about this. One reason, is that this kept me out of Mass for awhile, and I missed out on the sacraments, mainly Eucharist and confession. Sacraments help keep us holy and devout. Frequent accountability for sin, frequent reception of Jesus in Holy Communion is beautiful. I notice the difference and you will too, if you go back to Mass and go to confession and communion. In fact, they say "confession heals the soul" and this is not a cliche! It really does.
Mary is not God. But sometimes we call her the Mother of God, because Jesus is God and she is the human mother of Jesus. The Catholic church is really complex. As it should be! God created His Church through Jesus and of course it's complicated!
Of course also, the devil and EVIL attacks it, and that why there is so much confusion, because evil hates good. (That's why bad things have happened, but that's another article for another day.) Just understand, it says in the bible, "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" referring to God's church, and it's true, the Catholic church is still standing.
Even though the mass used to be in Latin, and was changed to the vernacular, which many don't like, it is still okay to go to the vernacular (or mass in your own language.) This is actually helpful to many who are not able to learn Latin. But believe me, you can feel the holiness of Latin.
Prayer is a way of asking for help. We ask our friends to pray for us, we can ask Mary to as well
Recently, in the book, "True Devotion to Mary" (by the way, are any of you devoted to your own human parents? Well- same idea here), it mentioned that God gave to Mary special privileges. Well, that doesn't seem far fetched to me in my logical brain. Would it to you?
Why do the bible Christians so often insist on putting Mary under the rug, or "stepping on her" and saying she's an "ordinary woman", and "no better than any other human woman"? Isn't that actually a misconception and insulting to you, (if you understand my thoughts on this?)
First of all:
- Mary is not God
- there are different degrees of holiness
- in heaven there will be different degrees of holiness
- if #3 is true, it makes sense Mary is the holiest of all humans
- Mary bore Jesus in her womb.
- It is only logical that God gave privileges to Mary
- It is said Mary never sinned. But in the bible she needed a savior. yes she did. But you can need a savior and still be "promoted" and treated "special" and not sin....
So, you see there really is A LOT to think about. Yes, indeed. And, I'm sure there are many more things we will need to discuss if you're talking Bible Christian vs. Catholic but for today, I would like to just keep this "on topic" about Mary 1) Not being God 2) Being Special. Thank you!