Catholics are often accused of over emphasizing devotion to Mary, because it detracts from the centrality of Jesus in the Christian life. Our position is just the opposite. Devotion to Mary leads to a solid devotion to Jesus There is more than a devotional aspect in our relationship with Mary. Theologically Mary has been included in the divine plan of salvation. This inclusion is God’s idea not the Catholic Church’s idea. At the important moment of the Annunciation by the angel Gabriel to Mary, she in a sense, gave the “go ahead” to the divine plan. Her consent was sought and received. Thus began her role as mediatrix, subordinate and under the divine mediation of her Son. She, at the foot of the cross, consented to the horrible death of her Son and thus joined her consent to His as co-redemptrix. Even now each grace given to us as the redeeming act of Jesus is also accompanied by the prayer of Mary, and thus continues her role in our salvation whether we avert to it or not.
In honoring Mary we honor God’s plan. When we say “Mary”, Mary says “Jesus”. Even though God’s plan takes effect whether we know it or not, the more we consent and honor Mary, the more closely is our salvation assured.