We are gearing up for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary this coming Saturday! And with that, we thought it would be fun to start the blog off on the right foot with some posts about Our Lady.
Marian devotion is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of Catholicism. For non-Catholics as well as Catholics.
In fact, I remember in high school struggling with explaining Marian devotion to my friends who went to the public school. “Isn’t saying ‘Hail Mary’ like saying you worship Mary?” I often got asked. And despite 10 years of Catholic education – I had no idea how to answer them. In fact, it wasn’t until the summer after my freshman year of COLLEGE that I really began to understand Marian devotion and began to develop a relationship with our Lady to the point where I really feel comfortable asking her for her powerful intercession. But once I did, she literally changed my life. To this day, often times when I wander away from the Lord, it is His mother who takes my hand and leads me back. I’ve always been a bit of a Mama’s girl.
This brings me to the problem at hand. If we (as parents) don’t understand Marian devotion ourselves, how are we going to teach our children to know and love our lady – let alone how to explain it their friends? Maybe you’ve been avoiding doing things like praying a family Rosary or attending your parish’s May Crowning because you don’t know how to explain what the Church teaches about Mary. If this sounds like you – be assured that you are not alone! The following are some talking points that you can use to explain Marian devotion to your kids. Note: These are talking points – so the language is focused toward children.
1 – “Pray with Us Mary”
When we pray the rosary, we ask Mary to “pray for us sinners.” We are asking her to join us in prayer. Have you ever asked a friend to pray with you? It’s the same thing! Only Mary is more than a friend, Jesus gave her to us as our spiritual mother when he was dying on the cross and said to John, His beloved disciple, “Behold your mother” (John 19:27).
2 – “Lead Us to Jesus”
As Jesus’ mom, Mary plays an important role in fulfilling God’s plan of salvation. Scripture tells us that Mary is “favored” by God and “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28). We know that Mary is in heaven with Jesus, so when Mary prays with us, she leads us and brings our intentions to Jesus (John 2:5). As we recite the prayers that make up the rosary, we are meditating on the “mysteries” of Jesus’ life. So praying the rosary is helping us to grow closer in relationship with Jesus.
3 – “St. Dominic”
You might be wondering where the Rosary came from? Our Lady gave the Rosary to St. Dominic in a dream. She told him that God wanted St. Dominic to use the Rosary as a weapon to help the whole world know and love Jesus. St. Dominic used Our Lady’s instructions and came up with the mysteries of the Rosary. Giving people examples from Jesus’ life (and even Mary’s life) to follow. You and I can do the same thing. Learning more about the life of Jesus and Mary can help us imitate them and live lives of virtue.
4 – “Take it to the Queen”
“Take It to the Queen” is a fantastic story about Marian devotion – explaining in a creative and imaginative way how we take our cares and concerns to Mary and she brings them to Jesus. This would be a fantastic story to add to your home library and use to explain Marian devotion to your children!
Here is a link to a printable version of this list that you can print off –
Stay tuned for our next post with some creative ways to start praying the Rosary as a family!
Let us know in the comments which of these was your favorite – or how you have explained Marian devotion to your children.