Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
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Worship or Veneration?
QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
Catholics worship Mary.
To worship Mary would be a grave sin. Worship is reserved for God alone. The Ten Commandments tell us …
You shall have no other gods before me.”
Catholics venerate, or honor, Mary in prayer and song. Some people mistake that for worshiping her, but it’s not. The Mass is our worship, and in it we worship God alone.
Other References: Lk 1:28-30, 1:43, 1:48; 1 Kings 2:19
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If you should ever confuse the Catholic understanding of honoring Mary just remember Jesus obeyed the Ten Commandments too – and most especially honored his mother and his father, as we are all called to do. We can also remember the wise words of Saint Maximilian Kolbe who said…
“Never worry about loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You could never love her more than Jesus did.”
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
How true! For more about the Catholic understanding of Mary and the Communion of Saints, please see our blog post Articles of Faith | All Saints Day: A Celebration of God’s Family.
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Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.