I’m a recent convert to the Catholic Church (received on Easter of this year), from Mormonism and am having a hard time getting used to Marian devotions. I’m already comfortable with the Rosary, and I believe I owe much of my conversion to our Blessed Lady’s intercession as I began praying the Rosary before having ever stepped foot in a Catholic church. I think the Rosary helped as a “stepping stone” (if you will). Though it’s an obvious Marian devotion, the fact that all the prayers are Bible-based made it easy for me to pursue it despite my anti-Marian upbringing.
The statues, icons, and Marian chapels at church, however, are another story. I’m still a little uncomfortable genuflecting, bowing, or kneeling in front of Marian icons/statues/etc. I know its nothing but a cultural anxiety I’m feeling having come from a religious tradition that essentially lambasted Catholicism for perceived “idolatry”. Though I know its not the intent of such devotions to place Mary on a pedestal higher than Christ himself, I can’t help but sometimes feel that I’m “robbing” Christ of worship due to him even though I already know that the veneration of Christ’s Saints especially his blessed mother indirectly venerates God.
Any advice or tips you can offer to help me get over this irrational angst?