Our Lady, Spiritual Glue, Pray for Us

By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.



One of my favorite insights that I happened upon while writing The Marian Option was prompted by Blessed John Henry Newman. He wrote:

“Son and Mother went together; and the experience of three centuries has confirmed their testimony, for Catholics who have honoured the Mother, still worship the Son, while Protestants, who now have ceased to confess the Son, began then by scoffing at the Mother.”

What Bl. Newman's insight suggests is that when we have a devotion to Our Lady she can act like "spiritual glue" binding us tightly to her Son and to the Church. Newman saw this firsthand in post-Reformation England, where the Church and faith in Christ scuttled on a grand scale. Mary and Marian devotions were abandoned during the Reformation as to "Pope-ish" with Marian paintings and statues publicly burned in bonfires.

On the other hand, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that those who remain devoted to the Mother of God, also remain devoted to her Son and His Church. The anecdotal evidence for this is very strong, especially among those who have made a Marian Consecration. Practically speaking this could also be a helpful avenue for those who want to draw closer to Christ, no matter what their faith background. When the truth about Mary is told, she is not an obstacle to faith or evangelization, but an incredible asset.

Our Lady, Spiritual Glue, Pray for Us.

Posted on December 5, 2017 .