I have a prayer card of O.L.P.H. and some of the phrases in this prayer trouble me: “In your hands I place my eternal salvation”, “To thee I entrust my soul.”, “I fear nothing; not from my sins because you will obtain for me the pardon of them. Not from the devils, because you are more powerful than all hell together. Not even from Jesus, my Judge, because by one prayer of yours He will be appeased.”
I am an avid devotee of Our Lady, so this question is not meant to bash Marian devotion in any way. But some these phrases seem to place Mary above Jesus. I’m sure that’s not the intention of this prayer, but can someone please explain to me the meaning of these words? I love Our Lady, and I don’t want there to be any boundaries to hinder my devotion to her.
Thank you, and God bless.
It says Our Lady is going to “obtain…the pardon” of sins and that she is going to “appease” Jesus with her prayers. This is in keeping with Our Lady’s role as our advocate who intercedes for us with God.
She doesn’t pardon the sin herself or judge us herself, so she’s not being placed above Jesus here.
With respect to her being “powerful”, it is understood that her power comes from and through Jesus.
None of this should be interpreted as anything separate from Jesus’ saving works. Her intercessory prayer is always to her son, Jesus… All power granted to her in this role is through her son, Jesus, by his love for his mother. As Catholics, we know this. It should be the default assumption we take towards any Marian devotion approved by the Church.