I’m sick of what appears to be excess Marian devotion. Either we receive Jesus in the Eucharist or we don’t; either we can have a personal relationship with him or we can’t. It is nonsensical to receive Jesus in the Eucharist but then pray in the Rosary “that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.” Receiving Christ is greater than receiving his promises; receiving Christ and being in His body already means we are receiving his promises, especially if the Kingdom of God is here, as Jesus preaches in the Rosary itself. What am I missing?
I’ve been reading through John Paul II’s “Rosarium Virginis Mariae” and, despite its encouraging words and being halfway through the letter, my questions remain. He has spoken of the value of the prayer, but has not explained this value of Mary, why she is Queen over her husband Joseph (and how is that, when we are all one in Jesus? the sign of peace in Mass signifying our equality), and it is ambiguous whether we must receive Jesus through her, especially when Jesus comes to us of his own volition every Sunday in the Eucharist.I’m trying to pray five mysteries of the Holy Rosary daily, but my faith is weak and I daily fear for my salvation; I do not feel close to God at all. (Being stressed and depressed over this summer job doesn’t help.)