Indeed. These things need to be examined carefully for we need to be very careful to Give Mary the honor properly due her, but not to go overboard either.
A devout servant of Mary, is someone who imitates her virtues, which are the virtues Christ adorned her with. This is good, no?
I do not entirely agree with this. A devout servant is one who obeys the orders of another who is in charge over them. In the more ancient usages, there is servant and master.
One who imitates would be more properly be called a disciple or student.
Someone who truly and devoutly does this, is certainly going to be virtuous enough not to fall into mortal sin. This is not a superficial thing, but truly.
Largely this is true, except for one mortal sin…The danger (however remote) of slipping into actual worship of Mary instead of proper veneration. This must be guarded against.
Why would someone have a problem with people serving Our Lady? Didn’t Christ serve Our Lady? And are we not to imitate Christ?
Yes - up to a point He did serve her. After that point she served Him. Ultimately their relationship is not one of service but one of Love. This should be our goal as well.
As a little boy, he obeyed her as His mother. And as an adult, his first public miracle was performed because she requested it.
I know that this “request” is seen as implicit, but in fact what is recorded is Mary expressing concern, then telling others to do whatever He tells them. He performed the miracle because it was His time.
People who love one another, love to see one another appreciated and love. Our Lord loves His Mother very much. The Holy Family is a family full of love. We wish to be a part of that Holy Family, the Communion of Saints, and bask in that love.
And so naturally we serve and love one another. That is what Heaven is full of, in fact. It’s very beautiful.
Amen Amen Amen…
One of the titles of Our Lady is ‘Mother of God’ because Jesus is God, not because she is one, far from it, it is never even considered. So you hear titles like this, which Protestants might take the wrong way, but Catholics do not misinterpret.
One minor caveat here…I would suggest expressing your last line as, “…but the Catholic Church does not misinterpret.”
It is dangerous to say that “Catholics” (as in every Catholic?) does not misinterpret.
Sorry if the above seems a bit nit-picky.