Skip to comments.Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Posted on 09/12/2013 6:23:01 AM PDT by Salvation
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I have a special devotion to St. Bridget. I’ve been to her well in Ireland. Very spooky story. I left a petition and it was granted as soon as I came home.
As a noob Catholic, I would covet some advice from those who are more mature in the Faith: how would one go about becoming closer to the Blessed Virgin?
A good start would be praying the Rosary.
Here is a web site that gives information on the Rosary.
I recommend reading the references to her in the Bible and contemplating any connection you see between you and her.
I never thought I had much in common with Mary, since I was well-educated and single until age 34. But then I had my first child, and Christmas came soon thereafter, and I heard the Gospel reading of the Magnificat (”my soul magnifies the Lord”) and also the little phrase “Mary pondered all of these things in her heart.” I realized she was a thinker, with a strong mind of her own, not just blindly obedient.
She knew her scripture. According to a Protestant friend of mine, the Magnificat text harkens back to prayers of other OT women (although I can’t remember who).
She also could tell Jesus to get busy and help out (wedding at Cana), and He did. He called her “Woman”, not “mom” because the translation is a special term that is more like “THE Woman— the preeminent Woman”. This event is where people get the confidence to ask Mary for intercession. A regular guy mentioned to her his problem, and she, The Woman, went to bat for him right away.
People can argue that you could just ask Jesus directly, and you can, but Mary has been bugging her Son about the real-world problems of ordinary people for some time now, and it keeps working. So people keep doing it.
Welcome to our Church. Have fun on your journey!
I do pray the Rosary at least once a day and I spend a lot of time thinking about Our Lady. I’ve also read Scott Hahn’s book “Hail Holy Queen” and listen to his videos.
This is a a Catholic/Orthodox caucus thread. FR rules are that it’s not okay to bust in and argue with fundamental premises of the Faith.
In any case, just to clarify: Catholics are certainly not supposed to worship Mary. We are supposed to ask her to pray for us and with us, in the same way you might say to a friend, "I'm having his problem, could you please pray for me?" We believe that the saints are definitely in heaven and able to hear us, and before the Church admits anyone to sainthood it insists on some pretty tough evidence of this ability to hear us.
Pray the Rosary. The rosary of the day is posted every day in the Daily Readings thread.
Learn the Memorare
Sing Immaculate Mary for a day — they sing this at Lourdes in the procession.
I’ll learn the Memorare. Easily done—we pray a novena to the Blessed Virgin every Monday after a group Rosary, so the words are already almost inscribed in my mind. Afterwards we sing Immaculate Mary.
I am learning to sing the Salve Regina in Latin.
Then next is reading
About Lourdes — St. Bernadette
About Fatima — lots of books
The current one that someone just gave me is something like “Mary through the eys of the Mystics.” Should be different.
I think this also points back to the "Woman" of Eden, making Mary the "New Eve."
Six Biblical Reasons Mary is the New Eve (Mary as the new "Woman" of Genesis is #5)
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