Not sure if this is the right forum, but…I’ve heard some Catholics state that they don’t always feel close to God, but do feel close to Mary or other saints. And of course, Christianity in general often seems to focus on Jesus than God the Father - many Evangelicals seem to mention “Jesus” 10 times for each time they mention “God”. The Holy Spirit gets more attention in Pentacostal denominations.
I know the saints are not actually taught to be deities in a pantheon, that’s anti-Catholic claptrap. However, I have noticed that some Catholics seem to care more about them when it comes to daily life, as if God Himself has way more important things to care about than, say, whether I find my cellphone – but surely, Saint Anthony will help me out!
Sometimes I get the idea that Catholics see God the Father as some celestial CEO who has delegated the more routine tasks to the Saints. And certainly, it seems the idea of Mary as Our Mother is more front and center for many Catholics, than God as Our Father.
Indeed, many Catholics actually compare Mary to a mother, that a child would be more comfortable confessing sins to, than a father, who seems to be assumed to be fearsome and distant, someone a child wouldn’t be comfortable confessing anything to. But is this how Catholics view their own biological fathers, as some distant, stern disciplinarian? Maybe it was centuries ago, but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days.
None of this is wrong, exactly, but – I wonder if some of this focus away from God, is meant to console people who don’t feel close to God?