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"Growing up Catholic I always heard that we should pray to Mary for she would intercede for us to Jesus. It seems that I also heard that Jesus would or could not refuse Mary His Mother anything and that was the purpose for us to pray through her. Have you heard of this and if so, can you tell me where it comes from?"

 

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This is correct. It has been restated by many saints over two millenniums. You can find a biblical basis in the account of the wedding at Cana (see Gospel of St. John, Chapter 2). As you may recall, both Jesus and the Blessed Virgin were there at the wedding. The Blessed Virgin noticed that the bridal couple had run out of wine and brought this to the attention of Jesus. Although Jesus said his hour had not yet come, he proceeded to intervene miraculously at his Mother's request. Even though his hour had "not yet come" and even though he seemed to say "no" ("Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come"), he still did what his mother asked. Note also that even though he seemed to say "no", the Blessed Virgin nevertheless told the servers to "do whatever he tells you" – she must have known he would help out. This miracle, at his mother's request, was (as Scripture says) "the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him."

Also, note that Christ gave us the Blessed Virgin Mary as our mother while He was on the cross. From Jn. 19:25-27...

"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own."

That we are her children is confirmed in Rv. 12:17...

"Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus."

Furthermore, there is scriptural support in the Old Testament for a "Queen Mother" position, e.g. 1 Kgs. 2:12-21...

"When Solomon was seated on the throne of his father David, with his sovereignty firmly established, Adonijah, son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon. 'Do you come as a friend?' she asked. 'Yes,' he answered, and added, 'I have something to say to you.' She replied, 'Say it.' So he said: 'You know that the kingdom was mine, and all Israel expected me to be king. But the kingdom escaped me and became my brother's, for the LORD gave it to him. But now there is one favor I would ask of you. Do not refuse me.' And she said, 'Speak on.' He said, 'Please ask King Solomon, who will not refuse you, to give me Abishag the Shunamite for my wife.' 'Very well,' replied Bathsheba, 'I will speak to the king for you.' Then Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, and the king stood up to meet her and paid her homage. Then he sat down upon his throne, and a throne was provided for the king's mother, who sat at his right. 'There is one small favor I would ask of you,' she said. 'Do not refuse me.' 'Ask it, my mother,' the king said to her, 'for I will not refuse you.' So she said, 'Let Abishag the Shunamite be given to your brother Adonijah for his wife.'"

Note how the king said he could *not* refuse his mother, the queen.

You can also find a number of relevant items in our Mary, Our Mother section. For example, you might want to consider the following... (click links to view)

* Reflections on the Blessed Virgin's Intercession (quotes from popes, saints...)

* More Marian Reflections

* Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

* Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

* Marian Facts

The Mary, Our Mother Section also contains Marian prayers, Marian feast information, Marian devotions information, Marian apparitions information, etc. It can be found here.

Also, for a defense of Marian doctrines (including coverage of Mary's intercession), try here.

Finally, I'd mention that it's very fortunate that you had good Marian education. Popes & saints highly praise devotion to the Blessed Virgin, even saying things like...

"He who is devout to the Virgin Mother will certainly never be lost." (St. Ignatius of Antioch)

"[D]evotion to the Virgin Mother of God [is] a sign of 'predestination' according to the opinion of holy men" (Pope Pius XII, "Mediator Dei", 1947 A.D.)

"I have never read of any saint who did not have a special devotion to the glorious Virgin" (St. Bonaventure, Doctor of the Church, 13th century A.D.)

"If you persevere until death in true devotion to Mary, your salvation is certain." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

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