Many people have been taught wrongfully that Catholics "worship" Mary. But for those who beleive that Jesus is the "truth" the way and the life, Catholics admire and venerate her because of her perfect "yes" to God and her complicity with the plan of God through her son. To "pray" doesn't mean to "worship" The word "pray" means to "request." The Ave Maria asks Mary to "pray for us sinners." All souls who cooperate with God's grace return to Him. We beleive Mary is with God and continues to pray for us.