My whole life I’ve been kind of timid praying to the Virgin, because I know there are certain prayers I should give only to God.
I know there is nothing wrong with asking for her intercession, as we do in praying the hail Mary, but after a recent confession a priest suggested I “pray to the blessed mother for strength in times of hardship”.
Now asking to receive things like strength or courage was one of the specific things I had figured it was only appropriate to pray to God Himself for. Does Mary have the authority to “give me strength”? Or to actually bless things herself or give “graces” like that (loose meaning of the word grace)? Or did I misunderstand what my priest was saying? (I would have asked him but didn’t realize the meaning of what he said until doing my penance)
I had thought that was beyond Mary’s authority as simply a person (albeit a uniquely holy one) in heaven. Though as the queen of heaven maybe she has more authority than the average saint for things like that? Can someone clear this up for me?