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LUMEN GENTIUM , 1964
Mary's importance is 100% from Jesus,
just like the moon's beauty is 100% from the sun
And just as the moon reflects the sun's light
so Mary reflects her Son's love to the human family
When Jesus on the cross said to John
"this is your mother"
he was talking to all of us.
All people, especially all Christians,
are spiritual children of Mary
Mary in Heaven is still our spiritual mother.
We can pray to her for help,
just as we can ask all the saints in Heaven for help
To spell it out for the sake of people who
still claim that "Catholics worship Mary":
No. Not true. Catholics honor, not worship Mary.
This is a very big issue in Asia, where the idea that "Catholics worship Mary" continues, unfortunately,
to be propagated by some other denominations
Unfortunately in the previous couple of
in the life of many common people,
more prayer was made to Mary than to Jesus.
And as one famous Marian scholar has said,
"Mary took the place of the Holy Spirit".
Vatican II now wants everyone to be clear
about the role of Mary.
Her role is that of the moon, not that of the sun.
This is what Mary herself would say if we could ask her.
A bishop once wisely said
"I now pray more with Mary than to Mary"
Jesus and Mary, be the sun and moon in my spiritual life!
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