Promoting devotion to Mary is essential. So many people do not know her. Others
misunderstand her and what it means to honor her. Still others have lost the connection
they once had with her.
Reflecting on Mary with RCIA proved to be an ideal setting for a project that
addressed this pastoral need. The theological reflections offered participants an
opportunity to voice misconceptions about her. We talked about our thoughts on Mary,
where they originated, and if they were valid. We then reflected on Mary from what
we know about her from Scripture, Church teachings, cultural information, and
This process prompted other theological questions as well. The group was eager to
contemplate concept after concept. Each topic on Mary led to a deeper discussion on
Jesus’ divinity and humanity, the parallels between the Old and New Testaments, and
the great mysteries of our faith that we reflect upon during the rosary. The experience
was a wonderful example of how in searching for the real Mary we cannot help but find
the glory and love of God.