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Who Needs Mary?

“It may be objected: ‘Our Lord is enough for me.  I have no need of her (Mary).’  But He needed her, whether we do or not.”  (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, from The World’s First Love)

As 90 of us journey through the 33 day preparation period before making our Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, I’ll be periodically blogging about the importance of Marian devotion.  One of the most common questions that I hear (and have asked myself) is “Why do I need Mary if I have Jesus?”  It’s a valid question and one that should definitely be pursued if we take our Catholic faith seriously.

As he did so often, the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen really hit the nail on the head with the above quote.  One of the first steps  to understanding Marian devotion is to look at the role she played in the salvation of mankind.  Out of all the ways that Jesus could have saved us, He chose to become flesh and enter the world through the cooperation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If you’re struggling to see the importance of Mary in your spiritual life, I recommend that you begin by spending some time thinking about why God sent us His Son through Mary.  There has to be a reason she was chosen, don’t you think?  After all, there are countless other ways in which Jesus could have arrived.  If Mary played such an important role in delivering the Savior of the world, isn’t it highly probable that there is something really special about her?

Stay tuned…

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