[quote=oudave]Mary can’t hear our prayers.
The Mary of the Bible has been grossly misrepresented and changed by Catholicism into a sinless, virgin, queen of the universe, gate of heaven and refuge of sinners, who is to be trusted in for salvation and deliverance from hell.
From Jesus’ words in John 19:26-27, it is clear He intended that Mary should have a pre-eminent place of devotion in each Christian’s life:
26When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
So, do you have a personal relationship with Mary? Have you accepted Mary as your spiritual mother? Have you taken her into your home? If not, you are missing out on one of Jesus’ most important gifts to his disciples.
Just as Jesus is mankind’s New Adam (1 Cor 15:45-46), early Christian writers, such as St. Justin Martyr (A.D. 155) and St. Irenaeus of Lyon (A.D. 189), were quick to recognize Mary as nothing less than mankind’s New Eve:
Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, Chapter C.
Irenaeus of Lyon, Against Heresies, Book III, Chapter XXII, Paragraph 4.
Irenaeus of Lyon, Against Heresies, Book V, Chapter XIX, Paragraph 1.