When debating with our separated brethren on the issues regarding Our Lady, the question inevitably arises, “If Mary was so important, why doesn’t the bible mention her more or put more emphasis on her?” I’m always reminded of the eloquent explanation of St. Louis De Montfort when he addressed this very issue…
"Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and the Church “Alma Mater”, Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility that she desired nothing more upon earth than to remain unknown to herself and to others, and to be known only to God.
In answer to her prayers to remain hidden, poor and lowly, God was pleased to conceal her from nearly every other human creature in her conception, her birth, her life, her mysteries, her resurrection and assumption. Her own parents did not really know her; and the angels would often ask one another, “Who can she possibly be?”, for God had hidden her from them, or if he did reveal anything to them, it was nothing compared with what he withheld."
As Catholics, we can see the scriptural references to Mary from Genesis to Revelation, and those points have been argued expensively with no real satisfactory resolution on this issue. And, of course, using quotes from De Montfort and others are not going to sway the opinions of today’s Protestant.
So, I’m interested in hearing your best arguments for why our Blessed Mother was to be so shrouded in mystery within the Scriptures.