Jesus is the Only Way Pt. 3
“Count me among thy most devoted servants; take me under thy protection, and it is enough for me; for, if thou protect me, dear Mother, I fear nothing; not from my sins, because thou wilt obtain for me the pardon of them; nor from the devils, because thou art more powerful than all hell together; not even from Jesus, my Judge Himself, because, by one prayer from thee, He will be appeased. But one thing I fear; that, in the hour of temptation, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus perish miserably. Obtain for me then the pardon of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to have recourse to thee, O Mother of Perpetual Help.”
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This last post will focus on the last two sentences of this prayer. The whole prayer itself is troubling but, for me, this last section is heartbreaking. Allow me to elaborate.
The first sentence reads:
“But one thing I fear; that, in the hour of temptation, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus perish miserably.”
This prayer exhorts the Catholic to place their trust in Mary to help them through temptation. We discussed the Bible’s silence about Mary’s ability to hear prayers much less answer them in “Jesus is the Only Way Pt. 2”. Here again we see the same silence in the pages of Scripture when it comes to Mary’s ability to aid in temptation. The quoted sentence above suggests that Mary has the power to deliver us from temptations that come our way. Why wouldn’t the Apostle Paul speak about this in his letter to the Corinthians when he pens these words:
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” -1 Cor. 10:13 (ESV)
Paul is teaching about temptation and telling the Corinthian believers that God will not allow anyone to be tempted beyond their ability. That is not where Paul ends his discourse on this topic. Paul goes on to highlight how God is faithful when he says that God “will also provide the way of escape.” Who provides the way of escape? Mary? Or God? Would this not be the perfect time for Paul to mention that Mary can aid the believer through temptation? Yet, the Bible is totally silent on Mary’s ability to do so. What the Bible speaks loudly about is God’s ability and faithfulness to lead his people out of temptation.
Then this prayer ends with these words:
“Obtain for me then the pardon of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to have recourse to thee, O Mother of Perpetual Help.”
When I read this I immediately thought of Romans 8:29-30 which reads:
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” (ESV)
The prayer says Mary can, “Obtain for me then the pardon of my sins“. The Bible says, “those whom he (God) called he also justified”.
The prayer says Mary can, “Obtain for me then…love for Jesus“. The Bible says, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son“.
The prayer says Mary can, “Obtain for me then…final perseverance“. The Bible says, “those whom he justified he also glorified.”
The contrast is clear. Roman Catholicism takes what is God’s and places it into the hands of a creature. A creature made by God. A creature that needed a savior just like you and I (Luke 1:46-47, Romans 3:23).
It is heartbreaking that prayers like this rob God of his glory.
If you are a Roman Catholic reading this I pray that you have ears to hear and eyes to see that this prayer and ones like it are idolatry. I pray you realize that you are stealing the glory from God and giving it to a creature that he has made. I pray that you turn to God and God alone for salvation.
And may we all remember the words Jesus spoke in John 14:6 when he said:
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’