The Blessed Virgin Mary is, we can very strongly argue, the most precious secret of the Bible: whereas her Son Jesus Christ is explicitly declared as Lord and Savior, Mary is very much a hidden figure, and the testimony of Roman Catholic saints for two millennia has been that the deeply mystical aspects of the Christian faith are centered largely on the person of Mary, the Holy Mother of not only Jesus Christ but also of His one true Apostolic, catholic Church - the Church of St. Peter and the other original Apostles.
Why should we learn more about Mary and develop a personal relationship with her via her intercession? Quite simply, it's because she has always been the one creature to whom our Lord Jesus Christ has enjoyed the closest, most perfectly loving relationship. To know Mary is to know Christ in the highest degree possible - whether in this age or even in the age to come.
Indeed, for two millennia, but especially since the era of St. Francis and St. Dominic (early 13th century), the most legendary and beloved saints of Roman Catholic tradition have been so devoted and attached to Mary as the secret to attaining union with her Son that it's hardly a surprise that Protestants can't distinguish veneration of Mary and reliance on her intercession from heretical goddess-worship.
A former Protestant myself - and a rather zealous one, according to my former pastor - I have now gladly joined the long-running, still-growing list of the Blessed Virgin's clients who, above all else, have hungered and thirsted after her sanctity and virginal purity before God.
For those Christians who don't yet know their Holy Mother, including those who consider it downright heresy that we should pray to anyone other than our Lord Jesus Himself, I hope this blog will open your eyes to the beautiful mystery of the crown of God's creation, the ever-Immaculate Virgin who was given the unique privilege of bringing the second person of the Holy Trinity into space and time to save not only the world from its sins, but also to restore peace and order in a universe that had lost it sometime in eternity past, when Satan led one-third of the angelic host into rebellion against God.