So I was told. Today is the Catholic Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of many feast days in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I happened to go to Mass this afternoon at St Patrick’s Catherdal at Parramatta in the western suburbs of Sydney. In the short sermon and in prayers, the priest Fr Suresh Kumar said, among other things:
* Mary is without sin.
* Mary wants us to love God.
* Mary’s full-time job is appear in visions to people and to tell us to love God.
* We have to pray to Mary because after we are dead we can’t pray so it is Mary who then prays for us to God.
* Mary is the Mother of God, and what Son wouldn’t do whatever His Mother tells Him to do. God does whatever Mary asks Him to do. So we have to pray to Mary to have our prayers answered.
The implication is Jesus obeys Mary’s every wish, and that Mary is effectively the CEO, if not the Chairman of the Board, and the Queen, of Heaven. And Mary seems to be omni-present – she would have to be if she is appearing in visions all over world, answering prayers and telling Jesus what to do all at the same. Where God the Father and the Holy Spirit come in in this arrangement I have no idea. Whatever it is, it is not Christianity.