Monday, November 13, 2006

Misdirected Worship

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me."
-Exodus 20:2-3-

A very favorite book among Catholics is entitled, "The Glories of Mary, Mother of God." It's author is St. Alphonsus Liguori. The translator dedicates the work to Mary, "the Queen of Angels and of Men," with "all veneration and respect," and says it is "designed to increase the number and fervor of her worshipers." Here is the table of contents:

How great should be our confidence in Mary, Queen of Mercy.

How great our confidence should be in Mary as our mother.

The great love borne us by Mary our mother.

Mary is the refuge of repentant sinners.

Mary is our life, since she obtains us the pardon of our sins.

Mary is our life, because she obtains our perseverance.

Mary renders death sweet to her servants.

Mary is the hope of all the children of Adam.

Mary is the hope of the sinner.

Mary's readiness to assist those who invoke her.

The power of Mary to defend those who invoke her in temptations.

Necessity of Mary's intercession in order to obtain salvation.

Mary is a powerful Advocate.

Mary is a compassionate Advocate.

Mary is mediatrix of peace between God and sinners.

Mary is ever watchful to support our miseries.

Mary preserves her servants from hell.

Mary succours her servants in purgatory.

Mary conducts her servants to heaven.

The greatness of Mary's mercifulness and goodness.

The sweetness of the holy name of Mary in life and in death.

In "The Psalter of the Virgin" we find the last two Psalms of David thus thrown into parody, and applied to Mary instead of Jehovah: "Sing unto our Lady a new song: let her praise be in the congregation of the just. Praise our Lady in her holiness; praise her in her virtues and miracles; praise her, you choirs of patriarchs and prophets; praise her, you army of martyrs; let everything that has breath praise our lady!"

(William S. Plumer, "The Ten Commandments" 1864)

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At Monday, November 13, 2006 7:17:00 PM, Blogger Tim A. said...

Doug,
You sure titled this article correctly.
"Misdirected Worship". Our worship should only be of the Godhead, shown bodily in Jesus Christ. If we worship Jesus we worship correctly.
Thanks for the article.

 
At Thursday, November 16, 2006 9:20:00 PM, Blogger Kendall Touchton said...

What an incredible tragedy to trade the glory of the infinite and glorious God for that of a mere woman who even at times herself did not understand Jesus' purpose and reason for coming.

 

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