In conclusion he quoted some words of Blessed John Paul II, calling on the Virgin Mary to intercede with the Lord, so that "all who have received the gift of following Him in consecrated life may be enabled to bear witness to that gift by their transfigured lives, as they joyfully make their way with all their brothers and sisters towards our heavenly homeland and the light which will never grow dim".In response to our criticism that Rome makes Mary another mediator and encourages her people to pray not only to God but also to Mary, we are frequently told that those in the Roman communion are just taught to ask Mary to pray for them.
Leaving aside the absurdity of asking a foreigner who doesn't speak your language and whose ears have long ago returned to dust for anything, we can still see that Marian devotion as advocated by the current and immediately previous popes is not just asking Mary to pray, like we might ask our friends.
Instead, Mary is being asked to intercede on behalf of a class of people. It is true that this particular request is actually a request for Mary to pray for that class of people. Thus, it bears some parallels to the description we are given.
The prayer is described as particularly intercessory. The reason, implied but not stated, for the request is the presumed great power of Mary to obtain those things for which she intercedes. Yet Scripture suggests that Mary is not especially important in the kingdom of God. In fact, in response to:
Luke 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
And in response to Mary trying to get an audience with Jesus in this case:
Mark 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
So why, dear reader, would you follow the example and teachings of the most recent two popes and seek out Mary's intercession, despite Jesus' teachings?
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
So, if you must pray for those in "consecrated life" then why not pray directly to the Father by the intercession of the Son? Surely you do not think that Mary is a better intercessor than the Son.
P.S. Perhaps it will occur to someone, "But then why ask our brethren here on Earth to pray for us?" One reason we do that here on Earth is that we have a reciprocal duty to bear one another's burdens. We can't bear Mary's burdens, because she doesn't have any. Moreover, no matter how Rome's apologists may try to dress it up, we all know she's not being asked as just another sister in Christ, but as a perceived woman of great power and influence.