Tradition ascribes to Mary the titles Mother of Divine Grace, Mother most amiable, Mother most admirable, Mother of Mercy… God has chosen her to be treasurer and dispensatrix of all His graces.… Since Mary has formed the Head of the predestined, Jesus Christ, it pertains to her to form also the members of the Head, who are the true Christians … She has received from God a special power to nourish souls and to make them grow in Him. St. Augustine goes so far as to say that the predestined in this world are enclosed in Mary’s womb and that they come to the light only when their good Mother brings them forth to eternal life. It is to her that the Holy Ghost has said “Take root in my elect” (Eccl. xxiv, 13) —— roots of profound humility, of ardent charity and of all the virtues.
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP (via catholic-inspiration)
Most Holy Theotokos, Joy of all who Sorrow
You, who deserved to carry God in your womb, O spouse of God and his immaculate Virgin Mother, do not cease interceding for us, so that we may be free from all misfortunes, since we always take refuge under your protection.
Andrew of Crete
A wonder is your Mother; the Lord entered her and became a servant; he entered able to speak and he became silent in her; he entered her thundering and his voice grew silent; he entered shepherd of all and in her a lamb he became.
St. Ephrem the Syrian
Jesus on the Cross said to the disciple whom he loved: “Behold your mother!” How sweet are those words to the Christian who is able to understand what depths of love they contain!
St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney
May the ever-Virgin Mary, radiant with divine light and full of grace, Mediatrix first through her supernatural birth and now because of the intercession of her maternal assistance, be crowned with never-ending blessings.
Germanus of Constantinople
We imitate good, virtuous, holy people, but none of these is without imperfection. Only she, immaculate from the first moment of her existence, knows no fault, not the least. It is she whom one should imitate and come close to. We should become hers.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, Aim Higher!