‘Prayer’ vs ‘Worship’ - Two Totally Different things
Catholics Do Not ‘Worship’ Saint Mary
By Dell Hill
I’m going to open up the proverbial “can of worms”. Mostly because I can.
Catholic. Perhaps you are, too. Perhaps you’re not. It really
doesn’t matter to me one way or another. While I hope you believe in
God, I don’t demand that you do so, nor does my church make any such
demand of you. Catholics believe what Catholics believe. Other
religions do likewise, and I happen to believe that all of us worship
the very same God; we just do so in slightly different ways.
sure you’ve heard and read many times that I, as a Catholic, pray to
Mary, the mother of God and that violates some rule about praying to a
“false god”; that prayer must be directed solely to the one and only
That’s not true. And I’m going to tell you why.
is being confused with worship, and they are two very distinct and
different things. Catholics utter prayers, but worship only God. When
Catholics recite this prayer -
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death. Amen.”
we are recognizing Mary as the Mother of God in the flesh, Jesus
Christ, and asking her to intercede for us in prayer to God Almighty.
Catholics do not worship Mary...nor do we worship any of the Saints,
49’s, Dolphins or Cowboys. We worship only God.
tragedy strikes. When our family members are seriously ill. When
accidents have family or friends clinging to life in the hospital, what
do we do?
of us pray. And we ask others to join us in prayer. Our priests and
pastors beseech us to pray and even lead us in prayer. Our friends on
Facebook fervently request - and receive - our prayers almost daily.
not asking us to worship their loved one; they’re asking us to pray for
their loved one. And that’s exactly what Catholics do when they ask
Mary to “pray for us sinners”.
Mary is a pretty “special mom” to Catholics. We happen to believe she
is THE most special mom in Heaven and has God’s ear, as it were, when it
comes to our prayerful requests, and some of us need all the help we
is it perfectly OK for Facebook friends to ask people we’ve never met
to pray for someone, but it’s not OK for Catholics to ask Saint Mary to
pray for us?
please don’t ask me where in the Bible it says all of this. Do your
own research; ask your pastor or priest. It’s there; I’ve read it many
times and I refuse to play any role in yet another online Biblical
debate with non-Catholics who simply repeat ages-old and incorrect myths
about a religion they haven’t studied. It’s one thing to question.
That’s how you learn. But to denigrate and openly reject Catholicism -
or any other religion - based on myths and without knowing the facts is
Much, from a Catholics point of view, can be studied at the New Advent.org, commonly referred to as the Catholic Encyclopedia. That
link will take you directly to the pages of discussion involving Saint
Mary. Other topics can be accessed by clicking on the alphabet near the
top of each page. There are other excellent resources available online
via every search engine.
Knowledge is power.