I’m new Christianity, Catholicism, and the forums, and I’m having some difficulty understanding what devotion really is. Specifically, there are some Marian prayers which at first look seem “too” devoted for me.
For example, the end of one prayer I found is:
Mary, my Mother, I am now yours completely. By your powerful intercession, obtain for me eternal salvation. Amen.
What does it mean to give yourself completely to Mary and how is it not blasphemous? Even though I feel a love for Mary and the amazing things she has done for us, I find this prayer a little troubling. How can I give myself completely to Jesus and then turn around and give myself completely to His Mother?
Also, I’ve got a lot of Protestant friends, and I know that their reactions to prayers of this type often make them think Mary is worshipped in the Church. To be honest, the wording of this prayer is very powerful, and putting myself in their shoes, I can understand why they think this.