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Francisco Ferrier wrote:

Hi, guys —

Do I have to pray to Mary to be a Catholic?

Francisco

  { Do I have to pray to Mary to be a Catholic? }

John replied:

Hi, Francisco —

The Short answer is no.
However, Mary still does pray for you, whether you are a Catholic or not.

You see when we "pray" to Mary, we are actually asking her to pray for us.

When we pray the Hail Mary, we ask Mary to "pray for us sinners". That would be every one and since we know she hears our request and grants it, we know she prays for us.

This in no way takes away from Christ. It is the same as asking any other living person to pray for you. The exception is that Mary is already in God's presence and better knows His will for your life when she prays, hence, her prayers are powerful.

John

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