I am sitting here and thinking about the Precious Mother of God.
I was wondering, there are so many devotions to Mary: Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, etc. How does one know which one to be devoted to? I know one must respect those apparitions but not take it as an issue of Faith. (Correct me if I am wrong.)
Response: As I was growing up Catholic I often wondered the same myself. But as I have grown in my faith and devotion to the Blessed Mother I have come to realize that she is and always will be for eternity, the Mother of God, and it is her previlege to introduce herself by God’s will (I am the Immaculate Conception—Lourdes) as she or the Church determines fit. The Litany of Loreto is a wonderful example of the many titles of Mary. She is one and the same regardless of title. So what I have done is select a title or group of titles I have a great love and respect for because of what they represent in the message God gives us through His Mother. For me the title of “The Immaculate Heart” is how I most often pray to Our Lord, through His Mother. But I also love Our Lady and pray to her under the titles of Our Lady of Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, Pellevoisin, etc. Always I go to Our Lord…to Jesus through Mary to make my prayer requests. So my counsel is to pick a title or group of titles you love and pray…for they are all Mary.
I know that Mary did not give any message outside the Truth of Christ, however, a part of me cannot help but wonder, why did God allow Her and not Christ to give these messages?
Response: That is a question only God Himself can answer, but I have the feeling that Jesus in His great love for His brothers and sisters on earth, sent to us that which He most treasured…His Mother, Mary. It is she to whom God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit over shadowed, dwelled within and filled with grace. It is she to whom Jesus gave the Church via John at the foot of the cross. It is she to whom the early Church would have sought counsel. In fact, two of her great titles are “Seat of Wisdom” and “Cause of Our Joy”. So it makes perfect sense to me that Jesus would send His Mother to the world (many times) to point the way to Him. What boggles my mind is the world continues to ignore Him, His Church and His Mother. One other thing to always keep in mind, is that no one, Mary, saints, angels, etc. who come down from Heaven can do anything or say anything that is contrary to the Will of God. So when they speak it is really God speaking through them. We need to listen and obey. God bless!
I know one can choose more than one of those devotions, but I am still unclear on a lot of these devotions. Does devoting to one make the others any less valid for that person?
Response: No, all titles are of one person: Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Pick a title or group of titles you love and praise Jesus through His Blessed Mother and God will hear your prayers and answer them. For if Mary asks on your behalf, Our Lord will answer in great volume and grace. Just think of the Wedding at Cana…Mary was told probably by the mother of the groom that they were out of wine. On behalf of the groom’s mother, Mary asked Jesus to help. Not only did Jesus do what His mother wanted, but he did it in great volume and it was the best wine. So if you want your prayers truly answered, go to Mary. Ave Maria!