The Ever Blessed

Is Devotion to Mary Optional?

Devotion to Mary is not an option. The infallible teaching of the Catholic Church states,

“The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.”
(CCC, 971)

For something to be intrinsic, it must belong naturally and essentially to whatever it is intrinsic to. So, devotion to Mary is not an option, because devotion to Mary cannot be avoided. If a Christian were to try to avoid devotion to her, they would lose something of the true nature of what it means to be a Christian—of what it means to be like Christ and a member of His Mystical Body.

Why would devotion to Mary be necessary? Because God made it so, and His way is perfect as Sacred Scripture says,

“As for my God, his way is undefiled: the words of the Lord are fire-tried.”
(Psalm 17:30)

In the fullness of time, God sent His Son to us…yet more particularly, He sent His Son to Mary. It was she who from the beginning was chosen to be the God-bearer. It was she who from the beginning was chosen to partner with the Trinity to save His enemies. “I will put enmity between you and the Woman,” “the angel Gabriel was sent from God…to a virgin,” “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee,” “thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son.” This is why the Church stresses the necessity of Marian devotion…It is God Who has been devoted to Mary from the beginning. She is the perfect daughter of the Father. She is the mystical spouse of the Holy Ghost. She is the mother of the Son. There is no person who is more in union with the Trinity than she. Mary sits at the right hand of the King, “in gilded clothing, surrounded by variety” (Psalm 44:10). If we desire perfect union with the Trinity, we must draw near to whom He draws nearest to. Devotion to Mary is not an option.