During his recent trip to the U.K., Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman. I came across this quote of Newman’s on our Lady and found it very representative of why Catholics venerate Mary. Check it out below. And, if you are curious about the Beatification and Canonization process (the cause for Sainthood), follow this link for a comprehensive yet brief explanation.

Mary is exalted for the sake of Jesus. It was fitting that she, as being a creature, though the first of creatures, should have an office of ministration. She, as others, came into the world to do a work, she had a mission to fulfil; her grace and her glory are not for her own sake, but for her Maker’s; and to her is committed the custody of the Incarnation; this is her appointed office,—”A Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and they shall call His Name Emmanuel”. As she was once on earth, and was personally the guardian of her Divine Child, as she carried Him in her womb, folded Him in her embrace, and suckled Him at her breast, so now, and to the latest hour of the Church, do her glories and the devotion paid her proclaim and define the right faith concerning Him as God and man.

–Blessed John Henry Newman

Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us!