Praying through the Blessed Virgin Mary to Jesus Christ - answer to Protestant criticisms


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*Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. *

When Protestants criticize us for praying through the Blessed Virgin Mary to Jesus Christ, can we ask them why if we read about Jesus through St. Luke, St. John, St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. Paul, we cannot pray through the Blessed Virgin Mary to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ did not pen a gospel as far as I know, so if God chose that we read about him through his disciples, who mostly abandoned him at the Crucifixion, then why does it not make sense that God chose that we pray to him through his Blessed Virgin Mother Mary in the Rosary, second to the Holy Eucharist? I ask your prayers on this reasonsing. Thank you!

  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. *

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It makes perfect sense to me. The people at the Wedding of Cana went through her intercession in order to receive from Him the first divine miracle of His Public Life.:slight_smile:
Thanks for your post

To Jesus through Mary :thumbsup:

Edward Henry


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One of the many, many passages non-Catholics learn to conveniently overlook, of course. Yes, this passage has great symbolic and theological meaning as it is the Scriptural basis of Marian intercession.

Fr. John Corapi has a great sermon that discusses the Protester attitude towards the Blessed Virgin. He was talking about how we’d treat an earthly king; to paraphrase - “I can tell you one way not to get on the good side of the King - insult his mother! Or ignore her!” Made the point well and got some chuckles.

While there is indeed much Scriptural support for deep honor, and reverence towards Our Lord’s Mother, one does have to learn to accept Tradition and the authority of the Church to accept the Marian dogmas, and for this and other reasons such are often the biggest stumbling blocks for Protestants crosser the Tiber.

(Of course, this becomes much easier when you learn the history of the church and see how totally preposterous sola scriptura is.)


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**Saint Louis De Montfort **used to explained the reason that we needed Our Lady’s intercession with Our Lord in the following manner:

** 147. She enriches our good works by adorning them with her own merits and virtues. It is as if a poor peasant, wishing to win the friendship and favor of the king, were to go the queen and give her an apple - his only possession - for her to offer it to the king. The queen, accepting the peasant’s humble gift, puts it on a beautiful golden dish and presents it to the king on behalf of the peasant. The apple in itself would not be a gift worthy of a king, but presented by the queen in person on a dish of gold, it becomes fit for any king.

  1. Mary presents our good works to Jesus. She does not keep anything we offer for herself, as if she were our last end, but unfailingly gives everything to Jesus. So by the very fact we give anything to her, we are giving it to Jesus. Whenever we praise and glorify her, she sings today as she did on the day Elizabeth praised her, *“My soul glorifies the Lord.” ***
  1. At Mary’s request, Jesus accepts the gift of our good works, no matter how poor and insignificant they may be for one who is the King of kings, the Holiest of the holy. When we present anything to Jesus by ourselves, relying on our own dispositions and efforts, he examines our gift and often rejects it because it is stained with self-love, just as he once rejected the sacrifices of the Jews because they were imbued with selfish motives.
    But when we present something to him by the pure, virginal hands of his beloved Mother, we take him by his weak side, in a manner of speaking. He does not consider so much the present itself as the person who offers it. Thus Mary, who is never slighted by her Son but is always well received, prevails upon him to accept with pleasure everything she offers him, regardless of its value. Mary has only to present the gift for Jesus graciously to accept it. This is what St. Bernard strongly recommended to all those he was guiding along the pathway to perfection.* “When you want to offer something to God, to be welcomed by him be sure to offer it through the worthy Mother of God, if you do not wish to see it rejected.” *
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Saint Louis de Montfort 147 -148 - "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary."
Makes perfect sense to me!:slight_smile:

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Edward Henry


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