Month of Mary – May Devotions – Day 30 – Authentic Marian Devotions!
There can’t be Christianity and the Church without Jesus Christ, His works that culminated in the Paschal Mystery. The foregoing truth can never be contested even by the devil, the chief enemy of our faith. It is never enough to practice faith in Jesus Christ without taking into consideration other fruits that were wrought by Him. His chief fruit of our faith is His Incarnation and this unique mystery only came about through the generosity of Mary His Mother and our Mother. The Incarnation led to His teachings, preachings, healing, reconciliation and ultimately Redemption (Matt. 4:23). Therefore, popular Marian devotion and piety in the Church are meant to express our deep and clear faith in the Person of Jesus Christ and the fruits of His works.
As good as the foregoing may be there are experiences and observations that have informed the need to discuss the issue of authentic marian devotion. It has been observed that many are inclined to either Marian excesses or Marian defects. Marian excesses equate Mary with God and this is not right or true. Mary is the Daughter of God the Father, Mother of God the Son and Spouse of the Holy Spirit (cf. Luke 1:26-38). This group of devotees see Mary as a “goddess” and causes confusions in their spiritual life and that of the Church especially with their erroneous teachings that are not approved by the Holy Church of God led by the Pope. They are moved by unapproved apparitions, dreams and messages. They see visions about Mary regularly and frequently but they cannot obey the simple rules of the Church that Mary herself is a member and special disciple of Her Son. Let us watch it!
The second group is made up of those infected by Marian defects. They minimise Mary and piety accorded to her. They address her as “an envelope” or “a mere channel” or “a sister in the Lord.” This second group causes more problems in our Church and Christendom. They are minimalist and they do not take the place and roles of the Blessed Virgin seriously as it has been ordained by God and promoted by His Church. They argue that Jesus Christ is enough for them and they do not need Mary to be saved. We need to remind them that Mary is our Spiritual Mother, Queen, Intercessor and defender of our souls and faith (John 2:1-11 & John 19:25-27).
We have to encourage ourselves to follow the footsteps of the Church and respect the Sacred Traditions, Sacred Scriptures and Magisterium as they have records of authentic Marian devotion and piety which the Angels, Saints, Church Fathers, Holy Fathers and Theologians have lived and defended.
We fly to your patronage,
O holy Mother of God,
despise not our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us from all dangers.
O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.