Here’s the short version:
- God chose Mary to be the mother of His Only Son, Jesus.
- Jesus is my brother, which makes Mary my mother too.
- God carved “Honor thy mother” on to Moses’ stone tablets.
Here’s the long version:
Catholic doctrine makes a sharp distinction between “latria” (the worship given to God alone) and “dulia” (the veneration or respect paid to the saints and angels as the servants and friends of God).
“Hyperdulia” is the veneration offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Extra dulia. Super duper dulia. But NOT latria. Not EVER.
My kids understood this in elementary school when they were assaulted by little Protestant boys for “worshiping” Mary. It became obvious when I spoke to the moms that it was 99% BOYS (who happened to be Protestant) teasing GIRLS (who happened to be Catholic) … but still. Those boys didn’t come up with the idea that “Catholics worship Mary” all on their own.
Catholic teaching is crystal clear on the matter. We do NOT worship Mary. Period.
Do some Catholics go overboard with their Marian devotions? Yeah. Some. But it’s really rare, especially these days. Try and find yourself a Catholic who even knows the rosary is a meditation about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, never mind one who knows the Mysteries by heart or … oh my goodness …. ever actually says a rosary. It’s pathetic.
Where does this idea even come from that God doesn’t like it when we pay attention to His mom?!
Does anybody honestly think when we love on our significant others that Jesus grumbles because we’re not paying 100% attention to Him and Him alone?
How much more is God not displeased by the attention Catholics pay to the woman He chose to grow, birth, suckle, nurture, instruct and stand by Jesus?
Jesus is the only reason Mary is special; honoring her glorifies Him.
Plus, no matter how much attention we pay her, she ALWAYS directs our attention to Him.