Mary, the Mother of Jesus, said "yes" to God's plan even though becoming a mother, before living with a man, carried great risk. Potentially, she could have been stoned to death, even though she was an innocent virgin, if she were found guilty of adultery.
Although she was probably very frightened, she gave her consent to bear God's only Son. She also carried a horrible burden, knowing from the time Christ was a baby that He was destined for great suffering.
When Christ was crucified, most of his disciples fled. It was Mary, along with Saint John the Evangelist and former prostitute Mary Magdalene, who stayed at the foot of the Cross, until His body was taken down and put into her arms.
Catholics honor Mary as the Mother of God because she was chosen from among all women to bear the Messiah, whom would die on the Cross to atone for the sins of mankind, and open the gates of Heaven.
Some non-Catholics believe that we worship Mary, but this is not true. Because we seek to imitate Christ, we want to treat her in the same respectful manner that He did. He would never dishonor his mother, and neither should we. This is woman who carried Him for nine months and raised Him from infancy.
Mary also had a great deal of influence over Christ, because we know from Sacred Scripture that His first public miracle happened when it did, because she implored Him to change water into wine. We believe she still asks Him to do things in Heaven, which is why we often send her our prayers, knowing Jesus will listen to her.
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