Why do Catholics do that? will quickly answer a common question asked to Catholics and provide a few links for further reading. We hope this will help you learn the faith and share it with those around you!
Why Do Catholics Worship Mary?
Short answer: we don’t. Catholics venerate Mary and ask for her intercession.
Okay woah big words. Venerate? Intercession?
To venerate is to honor. We respect Mary because as a 13 year old girl she said yes to God and bore Jesus, the son of God, in her womb, for 9 months.
Alright that makes sense… what about intercession?
We ask Mary to intercede for us, or pray for us to Christ. It is the exact same way that we ask our friends to pray for us. The only difference is that Mary is in heaven already. So it’s sort of like she can walk up to Jesus and ask Him our petition directly. Pretty cool stuff.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to Mary and Intercession. For more information check out what the Catechism has to say on them!
On prayer and intercession: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p4s1c1a3.htm
Mary, Mother of the Church, Pray for us!!