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Jesus was born of Mary.  She carried him to full term.  Yet her Son's human nature masked his Divine Nature.  He was both God and man.  He always existed as the second person of the Holy Trinity possessing equally the Divine nature of the Father and Holy Spirit.  Mary was the Vessel in which Christ's human nature flourished.  She carried, nourished and protected the God-man.

The eternal father takes pleasure in looking upon the heart of the most holy virgin Mary as the masterpiece of his hands.  The son takes pleasure in it as the heart of his mother, the source from which he drew the blood that ransomed us.  The Holy Spirit dwells in Mary as in his temple. (1)
        St. John Vianney

Jesus Christ is the only mediator of justice, and that by his merits he obtains for us all graces and salvation: but Mary is the Mediatrix of grace, because she prays and asks for it in the name of Jesus Christ. (2)
        St. Laurence Justinian

You never think of Mary without Mary’s thinking of God for you.  You never praise or honor Mary without Mary’s praising and honoring God with you. If you say, “Mary” she says, “God.”  St. Elizabeth praised Mary, and called her blessed, because she had believed.  Mary, the faithful echo of God, at once replied, “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” (3)
        St. Louis de Montfort

What the most blessed Virgin Mary wants of us is not to lose sight of Jesus, Her Son, the divine Model of all humans.  We should always look up to Him with confidence.  From Her, we shall receive the graces to imitate Him. (4)
        St. Vincent Pallotti

There is no danger of exaggerating.  We never hope to fathom this inexpressible mystery nor will we ever be able to give sufficient thanks to our Mother for bringing us into such intimacy with the Blessed Trinity.  (5)
        St. Josemaria Escriva 

Through Mary, we come to her Son more easily. (6)
        St. John Paul II, pope

Mary, Mother of the Lord, truly teaches us what entering into communion with Christ is: Mary offered her own flesh, her own blood to Jesus and became a living tent of the Word, allowing herself to be penetrated by his presence in body and spirit. (7)
        Benedict XVI, pope

Full light is shed on the bond that united Mary with the Holy Spirit from the very beginning of her existence when, as she was being conceived, the Spirit, the eternal Love of the Father and of the Son, made their dwelling within her and preserved her from any shadow of sin; then again, when the same Spirit brought the Son of God into being in her womb; and yet again when, with the grace of the Spirit, Mary's own words were fulfilled through the whole span of her life: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord"; and lastly, when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary was taken up physically to be beside the Son in the glory of God the Father. (8)
        Benedict XVI, pope

In her encounter with the gentle, respectful love of God, who awaits the free cooperation of his creature in order to bring about his saving plan, the Blessed Virgin was able to overcome all hesitation and, in view of this great and unprecedented plan, to entrust herself into his hands.  With complete availability, interior openness and freedom, she allowed God to fill her with love, with his Holy Spirit.  Mary, the simple woman, could thus receive within herself the Son of God, and give to the world the Savior who had first given himself to her. (9)
        Benedict XVI, pope

How people like to be reminded of their relationship with distinguished figures in literature, in politics, in the services, in the Church! . . . - Sing to Mary Immaculate, reminding her: Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father; Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son; Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit . . .  Greater than thou, none but God!  (10)
        St. Josemaria Escriva

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