We honor her because God honored her first: He created her *for* Jesus, and thus for the Incarnation. Please stop misrepresenting what Catholics actually believe. Furthermore, would it not be a form of ingratitude not to acknowledge God's work in his creation? Again, do let's ask ourselves what it means to "walk by faith and not by sight": for Catholics, what we pray is what we believe. And we believe what we pray-- if you don't pray it, you don't know it.