We’ve all gotten the question “Why do you pray to Mary? Isn’t prayer reserved for God alone?” Or maybe you have this question yourself. We hope to clear up some misunderstanding or confusion, and encourage you to consider getting to know your mother, Mary.
Our worship is directed to God alone. But, just as we can and do ask others to pray for us in our need. So, too, we ask Mary to pray for us. No one has opened themselves up more to the Love of God or to His Word than Mary. No one knew or loved Jesus more intimately or experienced the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit more than she. As Jesus was dying on the Cross, He knew how much we needed Mary, so He gave her to us (through John, the Beloved Disciple) as our own Mother, asking us to “Behold your mother” and take her into own homes (cf. Jn. 19:27). What we find if we invite Mary into our homes is that her only desire is to lead us to Jesus; and just imagine the stories, the remembrances, and the gifts she has to share with us about her Son and her life with Him!
Fr. Mike Schmidt explains more in his video Why Catholics Call Mary Their Mother. If you’re ready to get to know your Mother and her son better, don’t forget to check out the Resources section below.