Guys, bear with me as this is a source of frustration for me and there is not many places I can turn to for discussion about it. This is in no way meant to start a flame war, so please come into this conversation with context.
I am struggling with what I am guessing may be possible resentment or at least definite frustration on how Mary is venerated. What is killing me is I actually have a relationship with the Blessed Mother - so I almost feel as if I am slandering a good friend. Which is not my intention.
This started with me looking up the new movement to institute a 5th Marian Dogma which I read about here. (BTW - lets stay on topic, the 5th dogma is another thread). Which I read about the other 4 dogmas.
There is one or two dogmas that I need to research more on - specifically that Mary was immaculately conceived, and that of the Assumption. If I am honest with myself, I am not too sure on those - but also accept that I am imperfect and accept them on faith for now. I place solace and trust in 2000yrs of theologians that they know what they are talking about.
But this triggered irritation within me again - that Mary seems to be venerated so high. And although I know she is not on the same footing as Christ himself, it is hard to perceive that she isn’t sometimes.
For example, I see in my own church, within the Hispanic culture specifically that she is elevated to almost cult like status. Outside of that specific case, I see others almost pray to her instead of with her. I see movements like this to bring in a new dogma that makes no sense to me personally (not to combat heresy, or clarify something completely confusing, etc). I see the Catholic Church almost put an over emphasis on the Blessed Mother.
Mary is a Saint, and an important Saint. God obviously turns to her for important tasks and she held an important place in history.
But all things still come through Christ, period. And sometimes I truly feel as if that is lost. Am I the only one that thinks veneration of Mary is a little too over the top sometimes, or even excessive?
I guess I need to just keep my side of the street clean and not worry about how others worship with her. Who am I to critique that. I guess it is just confusion I need to surrender to God. And hopefully, she will understand why I say what I do and not look at me in an unfavorable light.
Thanks for letting me share everyone. Sorry for the rant.