This is why it seems so hard to reflect that vision of patience when black-hearted "artists" practice character assassination on the Blessed Virgin...
There, officially, is a different kind of reverence that is afforded to non-divine beings in Catholic circles. It's called "doulia" and distinguished from the "latria" which is afforded to God. And so they go ahead and "doulistically" hail saints in heaven and the righteous angels, though sometimes I've seen references to beings that sound like hybrids thereof, which makes no sense to me as a fighting fundie. To me, hailing Mary to pray to God, would be like to make a round-the-world satellite telephone call in order to chat with somebody who's sitting on the other side of the kitchen table.
A Christian can be crushed gazing at the picture of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, watching her beloved son suffocate and die. But in that vision, she stands there for hours, patiently enduring her suffering. For two millennia, she has been a role model for Christians, a woman who practiced obedience in the most difficult of human circumstances, with fervent hope for what this sacrifice will offer all mankind as it struggles with sin.
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