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If you're a Catholic who does not venerate Mary or the Saints, what are your spiritual exercises? Do you have a prayer life, and if so what kind of prayer do you tend to pray?
I tend to agree with Seamus L who said: "I don't believe it's possible to be a Catholic and not venerate the Blessed Mother." The reason that I agree is because God's Revelation in Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Church all point to the unique veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to veneration of the saints as well. When we pray the Creed, we profess our faith: I believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of saints..." If we are professing belief then we need to live the truth we profess. Again, I recommend that you read and ponder slowly paragraphs in the Catechism referring to Mary especially, but also to the Communion of saints.
*CCC 1474 - * The Christian who seeks to purify himself of his sin and become holy with the help of God's Grace is not alone. The life of each of God's children is joined in Christ and through Christ in a wonderful way to the life of all other Christian brethren in the supernatural unity of the Mystical Body of Christ.
CCC 1475 - In the communion of saints, "a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home...
CCC 956 - The intercession of the saints. Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness...
In another thread I already recommended paragraphs 963 ff which explain the Virgin Mary's role in the mystery of the Church. I hope you will read and ponder these beautiful truths to be lived.
Love is always a free choice. I venerate Mary and the saints not only because I know it is true to do so. I really love them. It is difficult for me to understand why some would choose not to venerate the Mother of God, the Mother whom Jesus gave us from His Cross. I find it hard to understand why persons would not rejoice in our brothers and sisters who have gone before us living such holy lives. Why would we not ask them to intercede for us, and thank them and our Blessed Mother for their prayers and their love for us? :)