Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Catholic faith
Mary: Great only because she ‘doth magnify the Lord’
But why will they call me blessed? For my merits? No, but out of regard for God, because the Most High hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed, and rightly, justly so, for he that is mighty hath magnified me. I acknowledge the favour and claim no greatness of my own. I am indeed great, not of myself, however, but because he who is mighty has done great things for me.
- St Thomas of Villanova

In Himself only God is perfect/sinless but Mary was made immaculate because of the Incarnation to come: she became the Mother of God.

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