She's Your Mama, Too!

She’s Your Mama too!

 

Many people think: that Catholics worship Mary, but this is not true. 

Like all Christians, Catholics believe that worship is due to God alone.  But Christians may rightfully give honor to human beings where it is due.  For example, when we visit the Lincoln Memorial and stand respectfully in front of its statue, we are not worshipping Abraham Lincoln as God.  Rather, we are remembering a great leader and expressing gratitude for his contributions to our country. 

Just as Christians can rightfully give honor to political heroes, Christians can also honor the great heroes of our faith.  We Catholics call our heroes "saints," referring to all the holy men and women who are now alive in heaven.  We often use pictures and statues to remind us of these heroes and their love of Christ.  They are our models of how to love God wholeheartedly. 

Christians can rightfully love other human beings, too, without taking away from the love that we should have for God.  For example, God expects us to love our parents, and this love does not weaken but strengthens our love for God.  Jesus did not worship his mother Mary, but he surely loved and honored her. 

We Catholics follow the Lord's example.  We do not worship Mary, but we do love her and honor her.  We join all generations of Christians in calling her blessed (Luke 1:49), for she was asked to be the mother of our Savior.  This is the greatest honor in the history of humankind, and it was through her obedient yes that Christ's rescue mission began. 

Mary is the greatest of all of the disciples of Jesus.  She gives us a model of perfect obedience to God's will: "I am the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to thy word." (Luke 1:38)  Like the moon which always reflects the light of the sun, Mary always points us to her Son: "Do whatever he tells you." (John 2:5) 

As he died on the Cross, Jesus gave Mary to his beloved disciple, saying: "Behold thy mother." (John 19:27)  Christians are all beloved brothers and sisters of Christ and Jesus wants us to look at Mary as our mother too.  Just as we would ask a holy woman here on earth to pray for us when we need God's help, we ask Mary to pray for us in heaven, where she rejoices with her Son. 

For answers to common questions about Mary or the Catholic faith, visit www.CatholicBridge.com.  And if you have been away from the Catholic Church for a while, we would like to help welcome you home. 

 

 

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