"I have heard it said some people fear having a devotion to Mary lest it subtract from their devotion to Christ – or to God. Mary, however, can only lead one to God because the two are inseparable. She even has a way of “fading” into Christ as if she was the other side of the same coin.
"Just like true love of God is not a “devotion”, so too, true love of Mary is not a “devotion. (I’ve always had an aversion to the term “devotion” because it smacks of sentiment and feelings.) True love of God and Mary, however, can never be called a “devotion”, they are too intrinsic to one’s life to ever to be associated with “devotion”. I’d even go so far as to say, unless people can get beyond their “devotions” – even their devotion to the man Jesus – they will never develop a deep spiritual life. Devout feelings are fickle and tend to keep one on the surface of a spiritual life. To depend on mere “devotion” is the death knell of any abiding spiritual life."
The Real Christ, Chapter: Theotokos