The key to understanding Mary is this: We do not start with Mary.
We start with Christ, the Son of the Living God! The less we think of Him, the less we think of her; the more we think of Him, the more we think of her; the more we adore his Divinity, the more we venerate her Motherhood; the less we adore His Divinity, the less reason we have for respecting her . . .
It is on account of Our Divine Lord that Mary receives special attention, and not on account of herself . . . It is her Son who makes her motherhood different.
A Catholic boy from a parochial school was telling a university professor who lived next door about the Blessed Mother. The professor scoffed at the boy, saying: “But there is no difference between her and my mother.” The boy answered: “That’s what you say, but there’s a heck of a lot of difference between the sons.” *
-Bishop Fulton Sheen, The World’s First Love: Mary, Mother of God-
Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!!!
*I write about this in Chapter 8 of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.