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Mary's relation to all men is one of Mother.  As spiritual mother of all, her strength is in her purity which does not diminish from age to age.  Mary was created pure and free from sin.  She is the perfection of our human nature.  The fault of Adam, passed to the human race, did not touch Mary, who because of her place in God's plan for our redemption, could only be immaculate and completely possess God's pure life.  Being free from the impurity of sin for her entire life, Mary is a beacon guiding us toward an eternal life with her Son.

 

It is good to ask special favors of the glorious virgin Mary, for she is the one, among all pure creatures, who was the highest in the virtue of humility. (1)      
        St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Although she was so great, Mary was the at the same time so humble that she merited to become the ladder by which God descended upon earth. (2)      
        St. Augustine of Hippo

While Mary lived among us, only a tiny bit of our earth possessed her.  Now that she is in heaven, the entire world holds her to its bosom as the universal peace-maker between it and the offended God. (3)     
        St. Andrew of Crete

When our hands have touched spices, they give fragrance to all they handle.  Let us make our prayers pass through the hands of the blessed virgin.  She will make them fragrant. (4)     
        St. John Vianney

You, O Lord, have given us in Mary, arms which no force of war can overcome, and a trophy never to be destroyed. (5)              
        St. James of Nisibis

As the light of the sun so greatly surpasses that of the stars, that in it they are no longer visible, it so overwhelms them that they are so dimmed as if they did not exist; so does the great virgin mother surpass in sanctity the whole court of heaven. (6)       
        St. Peter Damian

Mary was that spotless woman who always appeared beautiful and without stain in the eyes of God: Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee. (7)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Mary being destined to treat of peace between God and men, it was not becoming that she should appear as a sinner and as an accomplice in Adam's sin; and therefore our Lord preserved her from every stain. (8)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

God, who loves you so much, denies you nothing; and you know not how to refuse those who have recourse to you. (9)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

It is certain that the Incarnate Word chose himself a becoming Mother, and one of whom he would not have to be ashamed. (10)
        St. Peter Damian

It would even have been unbecoming had Jesus Christ been born of a woman whose body was deformed, or crippled, or possessed by devils: but how much more would it have been so, had he been born of a woman whose soul had been once deformed by sin, and in the possession of Lucifer! (11)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Nurse, O Mary, your Creator, give milk to him who made you, and who made you such that he could be made of you.  Since it was becoming that the Father should preserve Mary from sin as his daughter, and the Son as his Mother, it was also becoming that the Holy Spirit should preserve her as his spouse. (12)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

You are all fair, O Most glorious Virgin, not in part, but whole; and no stain of mortal, venial, or original sin is in you. (13)
        Blessed Raymond Jordano

Many daughters have gathered together riches: you have surpassed them all.  Proverbs 31:29
If Mary has surpassed all others in the riches of grace, she must have had original justice, as Adam and the angels had it. (14)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

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It is not to be believed that he, the Son of God, would be born of a Virgin, and take her flesh, were she in the slightest degree stained with original sin. (15)
        St. Bernardine of Sienna

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