Chapter One: Grace and Devotion to Mary
Chapter Two: Mary, Holy Objects and God
Chapter Three: Primary Teachings - Mary the Virgin
Chapter Four: Mary and Jesus
Chapter Five: Deeper Teachings -
Chapter Six: Teachings Not Yet Declared Dogmas -
Jesus and Mary
A Mediator with our Mediator
Chapter Seven: Final Thoughts and Reflections
of the Holy Spirit
of Jesus Made Present
and Church Unity
Consecration to Mary Individual and
Litany of Mary's Faith Journey
© Copyright, J. Roy MacIntyre 2009
In my late teens and early twenties I had difficulty in relating to God the Father. I now believe that was a result of difficulties in the relationship between me and my natural father when I was a child. Unfortunately, he died when I was nine years old and before we could sort this out in a meaningful way. Happily, over time, God healed me of the effects of this problem and as a result I now enjoy a loving and open relationship with God the Father and I feel very satisfied about my natural father as well.
My experience with devotion to Mary was quite different than what I experienced with God the Father. In fact, I did not have any problem with devotion to Mary and perhaps that was because I had a very good experience with my natural mother. However, I did go through a time of questioning about Mary's role, about praying before statues, about burning candles etc., but with God's help I was able to work through these issues as well.
I believe it was through God's grace and my effort in prayer, scripture reading and study that brought me to an understanding of Mary's role and the use of holy objects. As I was able to accept these practices into my spiritual life all my scruples gradually left and I began to realize that these devotions, rather than leading me away from God, were in fact, bringing me closer to Him. I then began to experience a new faith and a new freedom to live, love and trust God fully as His child.
Now, without reserve and without fear, I embrace Mary as my spiritual mother, knowing precisely that this is what God wants me to do, for His glory, the salvation of my brothers and sisters and my own reward. The more I find myself honouring, Mary, the mother, the more I feel myself drawing closer to Jesus, and to the Father, and in a special way to the Holy Spirit.
In the following sections, Holy Object and Places and Mary and the Saints, I will attempt to explain what I mean when I say that these devotions and praying to Mary and the saints bring me closer to God. However, what I am attempting to explain requires something more or different than logic. That something different has to do with the heart's ability to recognize the truth which then requires faith. You might say it is like the faith a child has in its parent – when the parent tells something to the child, the child simply believes. No explanations are necessary. Therefore to really understand what is presented below one must have the heart of a child. Nevertheless, I will try to present these thoughts in a way that will give you the opportunity to hear and believe.