When we recite the “Hail Mary,” we’re not worshipping Mary; we’re joining the Archangel Gabriel and St. Elizabeth in acknowledging and offering gratitude for Mary’s vital role in the Incarnation. When we pray the Rosary, we seek Mary’s intercession, not because we believe she’s more powerful than Christ, but because she is so close to him. She said, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” Her role is to help us do the same.
“Those beads” aren’t the stuff of false gods and incantations. They’re the stuff of Christians yearning to be drawn more and more into the heart of their Savior and to imitate him more in their own lives.
Marge Fenelon is a Catholic author, columnist, and speaker and a regular guest on Catholic radio. She’s written several books about Marian devotion and Catholic family life, including "Strengthening Your Family: a Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home" (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011) and "Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom" (Ave Maria Press, 2013). Her website iswww.margefenelon.com.