One of the toughest hurdles I faced during my conversion was Marian Theology. A lot of emphasis on Mary made me uncomfortable. I bought into the mainstream, Protestant misconception that Catholics worship Mary.
I guess that’s where we should start. Catholics don’t worship Mary, we venerable her just as we venerate Saints, only she is held higher than other Saints as she is the Mother of God. We ask her to pray for us and seek to imitate her perfect fiat, or faithfulness.
That makes Protestants uncomfortable, too. Perfect. Yeah, that’s what I said. Mary was perfect, sinless, Immaculately conceived. But, that doesn’t mean what you think it means. She wasn’t sinless of her own doing. She still needed the sacrifice of Jesus to save her from sinful human nature. She was preserved from sin, through His blood, because God is outside of time and space.
And, when you think of Mary as the New Ark of the New Covenant, you can see why the Mother of God needed to be preserved from sin. (I don’t have the time or theological background to write about this briefly, but check out Scott Hahn on this issue. Or probably even Google it?) Hahn also has rich analysis of Mary as the continuation of the Old Testament Queen Mother, again, of you are interested in deep, beautiful theology, check that out.
We see biblical evidence for Mary’s sinlessness in the Annunciation, where she is addressed as “full of Grace”.
We also she her as the Queen of Heaven, and her fulfilment as the New Eve in the book of Revelation.
And finally, we know that Jesus meant for us to view Mary as our spiritual mother as he used some of his last words from the cross, his dying words, to give her to John, the disciple whom He loved, as his mother. In doing so, Jesus gave His mother to His Church.
And sometimes, broken children find it easier to first come to their mother.