posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 07:34 AM
reply to post by FlyersFan
Originally posted by GLontra
The way most Catholics refer to the Virgin Mary clearly indicate that they worship her.
Many Catholics give more importance to the Virgin Mary than they give to Jesus.
Absurd? Not at all where I live. There’s no differentiation here between adoration and veneration and if there is it‘s all in Mary‘s favor.
Here in Sicily Maria is outwardly praised, is the object of both veneration and adoration and I will add - hands down over Jesus. No disrespect at
all to Jesus I’m just telling it like it is.
My townspeople openly pray directly to Mary, give praise and thanksgiving directly to Mary. They take family problems they wouldn’t ‘bother’
Jesus and God with - to Mary. Inside the church the stone folds of her (effigy) robes have grown soft and rounded by endless kisses.
In this town and every town in Sicilia most street corners are adorned with an effigy of Maria in one form or another either behind glass built into
the corner of a building, directly on the corner vested in flowers or in a shrine behind a grate - candles burning and fresh flowers.
Oh sure, the church might not out and out teach
the parishioners to worship Maria but they absolutely do nothing to repress or correct this way
of life, belief system, tradition, in fact the priest actively supports the worshiping of Mary.
Here. In Sicily.
No, believing the Catholic Church ‘worships’ Maria is not absurd. Worship Mary is the cornerstone of life for so many people. Simple loving
Christian people who know no better and who‘re not corrected by their Priests. Worshiping Mary (has always been) or has become the very foundation
of the belief system here - and not just on Sunday, not just in the mornings before or after mass but in every hour of every day in every year.
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