Benedict XVI today made a pastoral visit to Loreto, Italy, where he entrusted to the Blessed Virgin - venerated in the famous Marian shrine there - two impending ecclesial events: the Synod of Bishops on new evangelisation which is to run from 7 to 28 October, and the Year of Faith which will begin on 11 October. The Holy Father's visit today was also intended to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Blessed Pope John XXIII's pilgrimage to Loreto during which, on the eve of the inauguration of Vatican II, he entrusted the Council to the Virgin.This is Mariolatry, not Christianity. In Christianity, our trust is in the Lord:
Matthew 12:14-21I suppose that there are those who will read the verses above and say that in Roman theology, they don't just trust in Mary but in God also. But in Christianity, we are specifically forbidden to trust in mere humans:
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; and charged them that they should not make him known: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, "Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust."
2 Samuel 22:3
The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Psalm 118:9Moreover, our God is our only rock:
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
2 Corinthians 1:9
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Psalm 62:2Consequently, we are to entirely trust in God:
He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
Proverbs 3:5But let us pray for those who unwittingly follow the Roman religion, the disciples of a New Testament era Shemaiah:
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Jeremiah 29:31We may conclude thus:
Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.