“It is more perfect, because it is more humble, not to approach God for ourselves without taking a mediator. Our nature………….is so corrupted that if we rely on our own works, efforts and preparations in order to reach God and please Him, it is certain that our good works will be defiled or be of little weight before God in inducing Him to unite Himself to us and to hear us. It is not without reason that God has given us mediators with His Majesty. He has seen our unworthiness and our incapacity; He has had pity on us; and in order to give us access to His mercies, He has provided us with powerful intercessors with His Grandeur, so that to neglect these mediators, and to draw near to His Holiness directly, and without any recommendation, is to fail in humility. It is to fail in respect toward God, so high and so holy.”
~Saint Louis de Montfort~


“But the power of Mary over all the devils will especially shine forth in the latter times, when Satan will lay his snares against her heel: that is to say, her humble slaves and her poor children, whom she will raise up to make war against him. They shall be little and poor in the world’s esteem, and abased before all like the heel, trodden underfoot and persecuted as the heel is by the other members of the body. But in return for this they shall be rich in the grace of God, which Mary shall distribute to them abundantly. They shall be great and exalted before God in sanctity, superior to all other creatures by their lively zeal, and so well sustained with God’s assistance that, with the humility of their heel, in union with Mary, they shall crush the head of the devil and cause Jesus Christ to triumph.”
~Saint Louis de Montfort ~


Mary is the lily in God's garden. 
~ Bridget of Sweden ~


“Whoever does not wish to have Mary Immaculate as his Mother will not have Christ as his Brother.”  
~Saint Maximillian Kolbe~ 



“No man is delivered or preserved from the world-wide snares of Satan save through Mary; and God grants His graces to no one except through her alone.” 
~Saint Germanus~


​“Such is the will of God that we should have everything through Mary.”
~Saint Alphonsus Liguori~


“When she was asked to become the mother of the Messiah, Mary's faith enabled her to give a humble and generous response.... Mary's faith was frequently tested during the public life of Jesus, especially when she witnessed the rejection of her son. At the foot of the cross, her pilgrimage of faith had its moment of most severe testing. Mary continued to believe that, because Jesus was the Son of God. His sacrifice would bring salvation to humanity.” 
~Saint John Paul II~


“By the fall a poison was handed to mankind through a woman [Eve], by the Redemption man was given salvation also through a woman [Mary].”
~Saint Augustine~


“Through a woman [Eve] a curse fell upon the earth; through a woman [Mary] as well there returned to the earth a blessing.” 
~Saint Peter Damian~


“Through Mary, we come to her Son more easily.”
~Saint John Paul II~


“Mary is the sure path to our meeting with Christ. Devotion to the Mother of the Lord, when it is genuine, is always an impetus to a life guided by the spirit and values of the Gospel.”
~Saint John Paul II~  


Jesus is the mediator of justice; Mary obtains for us grace; for, as St. Bernard, St. Bonaventure, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. Germanus, St. Antoninus, and others say, it is the will of God to dispense through the hands of Mary whatever graces he is pleased to bestow upon us. With God, the prayers of the saints are the prayers of His friends, but the prayers of Mary are the prayers of His mother. 
~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori~


"If the hurricanes of temptation rise against you, or you are running upon the rocks of trouble, look to the star - call on Mary!" 
~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux~


“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
~Saint Maximilian Kolbe~


"To give worthy praise to the Lord's mercy, we unite ourselves with Your Immaculate Mother, for then our hymn will be more pleasing to You, because She is chosen from among men and angels. Through Her, as through a pure crystal, Your mercy was passed on to us. Through Her, man became pleasing to God; Through Her, streams of grace flowed down upon us." (1746)
~Saint Faustina~



"If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you."
~Saint John Vianney~


"The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spread of God's kingdom."
~Saint Maximilian Kolbe~


"If you ever feel distressed during your day — call upon our Lady — just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit — this prayer has never failed me."
~Saint Mother Teresa~


"Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle."
~Saint Josemaria Escriva~


"Have confidence. Return. Invoke our Lady and you'll be faithful."
~Saint Josemaria Escriva~


"Only after the Last Judgment will Mary get any rest; from now until then, she is much too busy with her children."
~Saint John Vianney~


"To serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there, and to live under her commands is more than to govern." 
~Saint John Vianney~


Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.
~Saint Francis de Sales~


“After the love which we owe Jesus Christ, we must give the chief place in our heart to the love of His Mother Mary.”
~Saint Alphonsus Liguori~


“With reason did the Most Holy Virgin predict that all generations would call her blessed, for all the Elect obtain eternal salvation through the means of Mary."
~Saint Ildephonsus, Bishop~


“No one will ever be the servant of the Son without serving the Mother.”
~Saint Ildephonsus, Bishop~


"As in the natural life a child must have a father and a mother, so in the supernatural life of grace a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his mother. If he prides himself on having God for his Father but does not give to Mary the tender affection of a true child, he is an impostor and his father is the devil."
~Saint Louis De Montfort~


“The Glorious Virgin did not have a stain in her birth because she was sanctified in her mother's womb and safeguarded there by angels."
~Saint Anthony of Padua~



“Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.”
~Saint Francis de Sales~


“The devotions we practice in honor of the glorious Virgin Mary, however trifling they may be, are very pleasing to Her Divine Son, and He rewards them with eternal glory.” 
~Saint Teresa of Avila~



“Believe me, there is no more powerful means to obtain God’s grace than to employ the intercessions of the Holy Virgin.” 
~Saint Philip Neri~


 “When the Holy Spirit finds Mary in a soul, He enters that soul completely and communicates Himself completely to that soul.” 
~Saint Louis de Montfort~


“Mary is the most sweet bait, chosen, prepared, and ordained by God, to catch the hearts of men.” 
~Saint Catherine of Siena~ 


“Mary's life too is "hid with Christ in God" through faith. For faith is contact with the mystery of God. Every day Mary is in constant contact with the ineffable mystery of God made man, a mystery that surpasses everything revealed in the Old Covenant. From the moment of the Annunciation, the mind of the Virgin Mother has been initiated into the radical "newness" of God's self-revelation and has been made aware of the mystery. She is the first of those "little ones" of whom Jesus will say one day: "Father, ... you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes." For "no one knows the Son except the Father." [yet she does not know him as the Father does]

Encyclical Letter on the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Life of the Pilgrim Church
~Pope John Paul II~
March 25, 1987 


“Mary belongs indissolubly to the mystery of Christ, and she belongs also to the mystery of the Church from the beginning, from the day of the Church’s birth,” Pope John Paul II writes in his sixth encyclical, written in connection with the Marian year which began on Pentecost Sunday, 1987. The encyclical addresses the Blessed Mother’s “importance in relation to women and their status”; ecumenism and Mary; the relation of Mary and Jesus Christ; Mary’s presence in the pilgrim church; Mary as a model of faith; and other questions. 

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayerof Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer

APOSTOLIC LETTER
ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY
AND FAITHFUL
ON THE MOST HOLY ROSARY 


“O Holy Mary! My Mother; into thy blessed trust and special custody, and into the bosom of thy mercy, I this day, and every day, and in the hour of my death, commend my soul and body. To thee I commit all my anxieties and sorrows, my life and the end of my life, that by they most holy intercession, and by thy merits, all my actions may be directed and governed by thy will and that of thy Son.”
~Saint Aloysius Gonzaga~


“Even while living in this world, the heart of Mary was so filled with tenderness and compassion for men, that no one ever suffered so much for his own pains as Mary suffered for the pains of others.”
~Saint Jerome~













"Let, then, the life of Mary be as it were virginity itself, set forth in a likeness, from which, as from a mirror, the appearance of chastity and the form of virtue is reflected. From this you may take your pattern of life, showing, as an example, the clear rules of virtue: what you have to correct, to effect, and to hold fast. The first thing which kindles ardour in learning is the greatness of the teacher. What is greater than the Mother of God?"

~Saint Ambrose~


From Mary we learn to surrender to God's Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God! 

 ~Saint John Paul II~

                  
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