Of The Blessed Virgin
"Why do Catholics worship Mary? After all, she is just a mother
like any other mother."
This is a question I have received many times from
A quick answer to that question is,
"Yes, she is a
mother like any other mother, but what a difference between the
Name another mother where the word "son" for her offspring is
A longer, and more comprehensive answer is to point to several errors in that
one query alone.
First, Catholics do not "worship" Blessed Mary, but we do take great
pride in venerating her.
I always ask the person who makes this charge to
show me a genuine official Catholic document which instructs Catholics to
Strangely, or maybe not so strangely, not one person who has
been asked, has been able to provide such a document. Have you noticed that
those who make false charges against the Catholic Church never have documented
proof, taken in context, of what they charge?
Second, she is not "just a mother like any
other mother", as the critic suggested.
Name another mother who was addressed
by a messenger from GOD, the Angel named Gabriel, who asked that she consent to
be the Mother of GOD?
The words given to Gabriel by the Father:
full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art
thou among women." Luke 1:28.
Mary is the only person in the entire Bible to
be called "Blessed art thou among women".
notice that the first person to begin praising Mary is GOD?
mother who was chosen, or even asked, by GOD to carry His only begotten
She was chosen by GOD, as GOD had chosen Abraham, and Moses, and many
prophets before her.
Name another mother who was called,
of my Lord (which means the mother of my GOD)", by the Holy Spirit filled
Elizabeth? Luke 1:41-43
"In those days Mary arose and went with haste into
the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and
greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe
leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she
exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among
women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why
is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For
behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb
leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that
there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." Luke
Since Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, then it was the
Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, who supplied the words with which
Elizabeth spoke. Consequently it was the Holy Spirit who really called Blessed
Mary, the Mother of GOD.
Mary had now been called "Blessed" by GOD the Father, the First Person, and by the
Holy Spirit, the Third Person, as she carried the Second Person in her womb.
The Holy Trinity was well represented in these verses.
woman who conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit? Luke 1:35-38
another mother who carried the Divine Person of GOD in her womb for nine
Name another mother, whose child she carried, was the cause of a
child in another mothers womb to leap for joy? Luke 1:44
mother who gave birth to a person with two natures, one human and one
Name another mother from whom Jesus Christ received all of His
Name another mother from whom Jesus Christ received His flesh,
blood, and bone?
He is bone of her bone and flesh of her flesh.
another mother from whom He received His eyes with which to see, His ears with
which to hear, and His mouth with which to speak to us?
mother who gave us our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ? Without her we would have
no Savior and no Gospel, just as without your mother there would be no you
reading this now.
Name another mother who retained her perpetual virginity from conception to
the birth of her child, and then forever after?
Name another mother who
is so calumnized by non-Catholics who insist that she had other children besides the Lord Jesus Christ, when
in fact she did not?
Name another mother who could look down upon the
infant Creator of the universe as she held him in her arms? All other mothers
have looked up to GOD, not down.
Name another mother in which the Creator
of the universe was subject to her for many years?
another mother who nursed the Creator of the universe and bathed
Name another mother who tucked in the Second Person of the Holy
Trinity every night for years?
Name another mother who taught the Creator
of the universe the same things that all mothers teach their children? Luke
Name another mother who, for thirty years, told the creator of
the universe what to do?
Name another mother who served the Second Person
of the Holy Trinity, three meals a day?
Name another mother who sat
across the table from the Holy Trinity every day for years at each meal? Think
about it? Can the three persons of the Holy Trinity be separated? Are they three
separate persons or are they three inseparable persons in one GOD? Since we all
know that they are distinct but not separate, then all three persons are present
wherever one is.
Name another mother who lived with the Second Person of
the Holy Trinity for 30 years?
Just imagine, Jesus taught His disciples for
only 3 years, but He taught His mother for many more.
Name another mother
who started the Creator of the universe on His ministry? John 2:3-11
another mother who was assumed
into Heaven body and soul?
After all of this, how could anyone ever say,
Mary is just a mother like any other mother?
Now I will ask those detractors,
"Do you still think she was a mother just like any other mother?"
Now do you
still wish to ask why Catholics venerate the Mother of GOD ?
Third, did you notice that
the first part of the question that non-Catholics ask only contains five words,
"Why do Catholics worship Mary"?
The question should have at lease one more
word in it, for Holy Scripture demands it...
Here are four applicable verses
from "The Magnificat", the Canticle of Mary, from Luke 1:46-55...
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my
Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For
behold, henceforth all generations will call me
blessed; for he who is mighty has done great
things for me, and Holy is His name." Luke 1:46-49
Mary is the only
person in the entire Bible to say "All generations will call me blessed".
There! Did you find the
Now check your dictionary:
"Behold", means to perceive visually
and mentally, to comprehend, to understand what follows.
"Henceforth", means from the time she said it until
the end of time in an unbroken continuity. It does not mean, "some
indefinite time in the future", as I have been told.
"All generations", means just that,
all generations, yours, mine, and every generation for the last 2000
years and all of those future generations as well. Not one person is
denotes a command and not a suggestion.
So far we have seen that Mary was
called "Blessed" by the
Father in Luke 1:28, and she was twice called "Blessed" by Elizabeth, being filled
with the Holy Spirit, in Luke 1:42 and 45. Two persons of the Holy Trinity had
already called Mary "Blessed", and we are commanded to do likewise in Luke 1:48. When GOD
called Mary "Blessed", He
venerated her. Since Holy Scripture was inspired by GOD, then aren't Mary's
words here also inspired by GOD?
Would any one of us dare to do less?
you can readily see, the Blessed Virgin Mary is closely intertwined with all
three persons of the Holy Trinity. She is the daughter of the Father. She is the
spouse of the Holy Spirit, and she is the mother of the Second Person, Jesus
Name another mother with such impressive Trinitarian
Did the persons who posed the question, "Why do Catholics
worship Mary", call her "blessed"?
No, they did not. The word, "Blessed",
was always the "missing" word.
Out of the scores of times I have been asked
that question, not one single non-Catholic has ever called her "Blessed Mary".
What message do we
get from all of this? It tells me that many of those who claim that they follow
the Bible, in fact really do not. They pick parts of it (out of context) and
then reject what they seem to think goes against their personal "feelings".
person's personal feelings have no bearing whatsoever on doctrinal truth.
Personal "feelings" cannot be used as an excuse to reject parts of Holy
Either you accept it all, or you reject it all.
Christ was the only person ever who was able to choose His own mother.
then did He choose Mary?
Why then do you, who posed the question at the
beginning of this file, dare to reject her?
I have given you the Scriptural
authority as why we should venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Now I ask that
someone show me the Scriptural authority which says we should not venerate
If you cannot find such a verse then you will have to admit that
Catholics are correct to venerate her.
No Mary, no Jesus. It is as simple as that.
"Let no one presume to hope for the mercy of GOD, who dares to slight or offend
Saint Louis de Montfort, "True Devotion to Mary"
Written by Bob
Stanley, November 30, 2001
Updated October 27, 2002
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