Today’s reading from the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church looks at “The Cult of the Blessed Virgin in the Church.” In other words, it answers the question, “What should devotion to Mary look like?” This devotion “differs essentially from adoration.” This means it differs in essence — not just by a matter of degree — to the adoration we give to God.
We might sum it up with the final sentence of this section:
“Let the faithful remember moreover that true devotion consists neither in sterile or transitory affection, nor in a certain vain credulity, but proceeds from true faith, by which we are led to know the excellence of the Mother of God, and we are moved to a filial love toward our mother and to the imitation of her virtues.”
Here are the Scripture citations:
301 Lk. 1:48.
302 Cf. Col. 1:15-16.
303 Col 1:19.
And the footnotes:
(21) Sub tuum praesidium
(22) Conc. Nicaenum II, anno 787: Mansi 13. 378-379; Denz. 302 (600-601) . Conc. Trident., sess. 2S: Mansi 33, 171-172.
(23) Cfr. Pius XII, Nunius radioph., 24 oct. 1954: AAS 46 (1954) p. 679. Litt. Encycl. Ad coeli Reginam, 11 oct. 1954: AAS 46 (1954) p. 637.