Lately I just can’t get over Mary! When I became Catholic I assented to the Marian dogmas. I came to admit that none contradicted Scripture and that they were true, but I never really let Mary into my heart or my life. However, I’ve just been consistently bombarded with Mary over the last few weeks. Wednesday we celebrated her Immaculate Conception, tonight at the Newman Center we learned about the Marian apparition at Guadalupe. It seems that I can’t escape her.
I was recently challenged to return to the five solas of Protestantism, and to turn away from “silly” ideas about Mary. It still stings a tiny bit when people say stuff like that to me. I understand that they only say it because they love me. Yet, I get frustrated when people can’t see that two of the solas are in direct and flippant contradiction with Scripture. But what hurts the most is the disrespect shown to the Blessed Mother. Mary is God’s greatest creation. Marian dogmas are very theologically sound, but that’s not what’s important here. It’s not denial of Mary’s perpetual virginity or her Immaculate Conception that get me, but the simple irreverence shown towards someone who loves these deniers very much. Mary does nothing of her own power. She takes no glory for herself, but is only able to point us to Jesus Christ. She never desires more than her share. By running to her, we run to Jesus. By searching in the corner of the universe where Jesus first entered humanity, we will still find him.
Mary desires us because God desires us. She loves us because Jesus love us. Her will is perfectly united to the Father’s. Her only desire for mankind is to be united to Christ. And so, when we give ourselves to her, she will always take that faith and lead us to Christ. When she comes to us in apparitions, she never takes the glory for herself, but calls to repentance and points us to Christ. Yet, some would demonize her because they irrationally fear she will steal our worship away from God. Why? I don’t know.
Mary is a wonderful advocate. I am sure that she poured out tons of prayers on my behalf for my conversion, after all, I am her child, and always have been. She comforts me in my sorrow and she is definitely trying to help me along these days and pull me into a deeper relationship with Christ. Best of all, she prays along side me for the conversion of sinners and for the conversion of all believers, so that we may all sit around the altar of God and partake of the one true sacrifice, Jesus Christ, the true food.
I ask that you don’t disregard Mary simply because you’ve always been taught to disregard her. Ultimately its not theology that will convince you, but when you simply ask Mary to help you be more like her Son, you’ll see that she is more than you thought she was.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.