Why do Catholics pray more to Mary and the saints than to Jesus?

I was born and raised Catholic. I’m Baptized and Confirmed. I’m also 61 and when I was young the mass was in Latin and you weren’t allowed to ask questions. I left Catholicism at 18. At 28 I started reading the Bible and earnestly seeking God. For 30 years I grew increasingly disgusted with Protestantism. I am trying to come back to Catholicism. A year ago I started getting EWTN and Telecare on TV. I like what I hear about this New Evangelism. I also like what Pope Francis says. I even think I found a church with at least 1 priest that I think knows the Lord. So I am trying.

However, I’m still seeing too much emphasis on Mary, the saints, and very little talk about Jesus. I feel too many priests, and therefore the Catholic people are always turning to Mary or a saint, instead of Jesus. I just saw a special on St. Anthony and they said something about the anniversary of Mary’s assumption. When was that? I can’t get an answer to this.

A lot of ex-Catholics are fed up with the protestant churches. But like me, most have spent decades praying to God in the name of Jesus. We learned this in the Bible. I don’t feel right praying to Mary or a saint. How did this happen? How did Mary come to replace Jesus in our faith?

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Recommended Reading:
The Intercession of the Saints
by the Early Church Fathers
Any Friend of God is a Friend of Mine by Patrick Madrid
Praying to the Saints
Saint Worship?
What happens to us between death and judgment day?

Why Mary?
When do I pray to our Lord and when to Mary and the saints?
Should I pray directly to Jesus?
May Christians pray only to God alone?
Communicating with Saints to intercede for us

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