What about praying TO Mary? What's that about?
Many Evangelicals think the word "pray" means "worship." So it makes sense that theythink Catholics who "pray" to Mary actually "worship" her. Let's look up the word "pray"in the dictionary. Here is what Webster's says about the word
:(1) To utter petition to God ... (2) To make a fervent request: PLEAD (3) To beseech:implore (4) to make a devout or earnest request for.The first thing to notice is that the word "worship" is not included in the definition of "pray." It does
mean "worship." A prayer to Mary is clearly
a petition to God.Mary is not God, and there is not one faithful Catholic since the apostles who has saidshe is. So clearly it is not the first meaning.The English language is often limited in that we often have to use the same word to saydifferent things. There are several meanings of the word "pray." When Catholics pray toGod they "utter a petition to God." When they pray to Mary and the Saints they aremaking a "devout or earnest request for" prayers from Mary or the saints. In mediaevaltimes when a royal court official was asking something of a person who outranked him,he would say "I pray thee your majesty."
You have to say that in an English accent to get the full effect
! The person was simply making a request in a polite manner.Catholics think Mary is a prayer warrior. That's her job. We think she was given a full-time 24/7 prayer ministry. She said "all generations will call me Blessed" and "my soulmagnifies the Lord" (Luke 1:46). Catholics think this is significant.Martin Luther said "The veneration of Mary is inscribed in the very depths of the humanheart." (Sermon, September 1, 1522). There is a difference between
of Jesus. John Pacheco says:There is a great difference between veneration ("douleia" in Greek) and worship("latreia"). The word "douleia" occurs 5 times in the Bible. (Rm 8:15, 21; Gal 4:24, 5:1;Heb 2:15) never does it refer to worship of God. The word "latreia" occurs 5 times but italways refers to God only. (Jn 16:2, Rm:9:4, 12:6, Heb 9:1,6) And there are plenty of Old Testament references that distinguish veneration from worship. "Then Moses wentout to meet his father in law, and he bowed down and kissed him.." (Exo 18:7)...(also 1Chron 29:20, 1 Sam 24:8)Some say "Consecration" shows that Catholics worship Mary. The word "Consecrate"means to entrust. I entrust myself to my closest friends but only one is my Savior.“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her morethan Jesus did.”