The Grounds For Our Devotion To Mary
“She is more mother than queen.” â€“ St. Therese of Lisieux
Today, in the Novus Ordo liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, our faith witnesses to the grounding reason that compels our devotion to Mary… the divine motherhood. Everything we love and honor in the Blessed Virgin can be reduced to this chief principle: that she, finding Grace with God, was chosen to cooperate with Him in the Incarnation of our Divine Savior. I am convinced, that if all forms of Marian devotion and piety were to disappear, the same would inevitably blossom againâ€”being inferred from her being the Mother of God.
If Mary is the Mother of God, then she must be the holiest creature God ever created, for “He that knew sin not” took flesh and blood from her and chose to dwell among us in and through her (2 Corinthians 5:21). If Mary is the Mother of God, then she must be the Queen of Heaven and Earth, for her Son is the Messiah and supreme King of all things “in Heaven and on Earth” (Matthew 28:18). If Mary is the Mother of God, then she is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven, for the Lord “looked upon the lowliness of His handmaid” and henceforth all generations will call her blessed (Luke 1:48, Luke 9:48). If Mary is the Mother of God, then she is the chief adversary of Satan, for she fulfills the promise of victory over the serpent by wielding, with her Son, that implacable enmity which crushes the head of that ancient rebel (Genesis 3:15). If Mary is the Mother of God, then she is our mother too. If she bore the Christ, then she also bore the Christian. She could not generate the head without generating His body (Rev 12:17).
Though His origins are eternal, the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity chose to be born in time and of a woman. His whole self was born of herâ€“His Person, which is both God and man. That is why we say,
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy!