Here is a beautiful homily delivered by Pope Francis that touches on the subject
http://www.news.va/en/sites/reflections - Pope at Mass: Jesus intercedes for us before the Father
Here are some key passages…
Despite our many sins, Jesus always intercedes for us before the Father. He shows Him his wounds, through which we are saved. The daily readings at Mass at Casa Santa Marta Tuesday morning gave Pope Francis the opportunity to dwell on the power of intercessory prayer. The readings spoke of Jesus taking leave of his disciples and St. Paul taking leave of the Christian community to return to Jerusalem. Emer McCarthy reports:
“The apostle John, thinking about these things and speaking of us, who are great sinners, says, ‘Do not sin, but if any of you do sin, know that we have an advocate before the Father, one who prays for us, defends us in front Father, justifies us’. I believe we should really think about this truth, about this reality: Jesus is praying for me right now. I can go on in life because I have an advocate who defends me and if I am guilty and I have so many sins … he is a good defense attorney and will speak of me to the Father”.
"He doesn’t talk: He loves. But there is one thing that Jesus does , today , I’m certain he does this. He shows his wounds to the Father and Jesus, with his wounds, prays for us as if to say to the Father: ’ But, Father, this is the price of these! Help them, protect them. They are your children whom I have saved with these’.
“We must have this faith - Pope Francis said – that right now Jesus intercedes before the Father for us, for all of us”. And when we pray we must not forget to ask Jesus to pray for us :
“‘Jesus , pray for me. Show the Father your wounds that are mine too , they are the wounds of my sin. They are the wounds of my problem at this moment in time’. Jesus the intercessor only has to show the Father his wounds. And this is happening today , at this very moment. Look at the words that Jesus said to Peter, ‘Peter, I will pray for you that your faith may not fail’”.
“We are confident that he is doing this for everyone”. “We must have faith , concluded the Pope, “in this prayer of Jesus with his wounds before the Father .”
Mary is an important part of my families prayer life - my wife, children and I pray to God with Mary all the time. Many people go to Mary for many different things. Mary intercedes constantly for those in need and she helps in that way. Jesus touches people directly… I’m convinced of that based on my personal experience - through the sacraments, through prayer to Him through His mediation with the Father. I’m not saying that grace doesn’t come to us through Mary and the saints, but I am against this forcing others to have the same devotional practices - in this case trying to force everyone to believer that all graces come through Mary. This is a relatively new idea that has no foundation in scripture, revelation or early tradition. I personally think it is an offense to Mary and our Lord.