There are numerous apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a number of them approved by the Church, in which she asks us, century after century, to pray the rosary, one thing. Now, though the Church has stopped short of requiring this, it is something we all need to do. We have been told time and again that if we would obey the commandments and pray the rosary, we would be granted a period of peace.
However, we as a people seem to feel the need to try to “go it alone”, or go directly to God all the time, not take advantage of intercessory prayer.
Now, numerous times, God sent angels as intermediaries. Yes, he could have gone directly but for some reason didn’t. So, even as pure and holy as the Blessed Virgin Mary was, God sent an intermediary, the Angel Gabriel to give her the news that she was to be the Mother of God.
Joseph received a dream of an angel telling him that Herod was searching for Jesus to kill him and with instructions to leave immediately for Egypt.
Now, if God sees fit to use intermediaries, who are we to question that?
In the Catholic tradition dating back I don’t know how long, we have prayed to God, the angels, saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary. People in modern times want to eliminate the advocates and intermediaries, but I don’t think that would be wise. They are there for a reason, and we need all the help we can get in order to get to heaven.