|Statement||by Joseph H. Stewart.|
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|Pagination||47 p. ;|
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That is why Catholics in general honour Mary during May. Here are five reasons why it makes sense to honour her this month. 1. Mary is Jesus’ mother. The Catholic devotion to Mary has never come easily to me. I know Mary is, for some people, the way they discovered and really developed a relationship with Jesus. But for Author: Theresa Aletheia Noble. Mary has been given an extraordinary role in the history of salvation. In response to her special status, Catholics give Mary unequaled admiration and respect, greater than any other saint. This is a tradition often misunderstood by non-Catholics. The honor we give to Mary is not to be compared to the worship and praise we give only to Almighty. It’s been a long-standing Catholic tradition to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May. In most Catholic churches (and even in many Catholic homes), a “May Altar” is erected.
First of all, Catholics do not worship Mary. We honor her because she is the mother of Jesus. God himself honored Mary, by finding her worthy to be the mother of His only son. God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary to tell her: ‘Hail, Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God. No, Catholics do not worship or adore Mary. Catholics hold Mary in a special place of honor and venerate her with special devotions such as the Rosary. The first point of confusion related to this issue is terminology. So let’s clarify a few words: worship, adoration, veneration, and devotion. This feature is not available right now. Please try again later. However, the honor given to Mary by faithful Catholics is often mistaken for worship. This is something I run across quite often. You see, most of my childhood was spent in a primarily Protestant area. While I was growing up, not one of my friends shared my Catholic faith. In that type of circumstance, questions and misunderstandings abound.
Let’s acknowledge and honor the power of the Virgen Mary’s intercession above our family’s and friends’ prayers. Reading the article, “Why Do Catholics Honor the Blessed Virgen Mary” put my belief in the Virgen Mary into perspective. It helps explain the devotion to non-Catholics. It’s been a long-standing Catholic tradition to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May. In most Catholic churches (and even in many Catholic homes), a “May Altar” is erected with a statue or picture of Mary, flowers, and perhaps candles. The altar stands from May as a reminder of Mary’s importance in the life of the Church and in our own lives as well. “Why in your church, do you NOT honor Mary at all?” At the risk of being undiplomatic, for all too many, the answer is quite simple — If the Catholics are for it, then we are against it. For too many, their entire existence is founded upon opposition to Catholicism. Mary & The Saints. Catholics believe that worship is due to God alone. Catholics do, however, venerate Mary. In other words, we honor our Blessed Mother with great reverence and devotion because she is the Mother of God. Mary is the model of perfect love and obedience to Christ.