Lumen Gentium paragraphs 63 - 65
If you didn’t want to read this whole chapter about Mary, these last three paragraphs will carry the day. They are awesome. They explain well why we Christian Catholics (and as of late even much of the Protestant Church) thinks Mary is the bomb.
Now, obviously Mary is close to God right? She is, after all, the mother of Jesus (Who is God) and she is “full of grace.” In the other direction she is close to the Church. She is a symbol of the whole Church in faith, charity, and unity with Christ. She does what we all strive for – to be full of grace. Mimicking her our Catholic Church is the womb in which new sons and daughters of God are conceived and born just as Jesus was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, both through the action of the Holy Spirit. She remains chaste, loyal to God alone and so does her Church in perfection.
Interesting how we speak about the Church remaining every pure and spotless – “without wrinkle.” And we also speak about how we are the Church and “we” are certainly not without spot or wrinkle. In fact, we quite desperately need to see a dermatologist. In one sense, we stop being Church when we sin. And it is that Church, both as community and as an organ that provides guidance and grace, that leads us back to that purity and unity. In that way she is our spotless mother as was Mary Jesus’.
So why do we hold her up and try to follow here example? It is she who gives us an example of how to be united as Church to her Son. When we preach about Mary, when we pray for her intercession, we follow the example of how to be united to Him. She is the perfect fingerpost to her Son. Her whole being magnifies the Lord. She is a window through which we see Him. To, in any way, honor her, is ipso facto to be lead more deeply to her Son. And that is who we are to be as Christians to others.