My problem is summarised by something I found in a book while trying to get over the Marian devotion issues I have:
"O Mother of God, Immaculate Mary! To thee do I dedicate my body and soul, all my prayers and deeds, my joys and sufferings, all that I am and all that I have. With a joyful heart I surrender myself to Thy bondage of love. To Thee will I devote my service of my own free will for the salvation of mankind, and for the help of the Holy Church whose Mother Thou art. From now on my desire is to do all things with Thee, and for Thee. I know I can accomplish nothing with my own strength, whereas Though canst do everything that is the will of Thy Son, and Though art always victorious. Grant therefore, O Helper of the faithful, that my family, my parish, and my homeland might become in truth the Kingdom where Though reignest with Thy Son. Amen.
For life in the maternal bondage of Mary for the Holy
Church, My blessing.
Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski."
I have loved the book and have learnt loads… but even though both protestant and catholic agree that this is a ‘lavish’ dedication, I was not reassured by the Catholics response. He stresses that this is his personal view and prayer and not representative of all Catholics… and I accept this… but I feel that this man has ‘gone too far’ and that perhaps Catholics in general do this to a lesser extent. Every time I try my best to get over this issue I just can’t look past this.
They talk about Jansenism… and the role that Mary played during this time in History… but I feel that this man lost focus on Gid during this prayer…and in his whole life, which he dedicates and fcussed too much on her (and I don’t understand why Thee and Though are capitalised when she is not God or a deity either)
Take care, S x