Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary is the 'most important' role
model for Catholics today and everyday.
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"Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God
only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do." (St. John
"In Mary we see how a truly good and provident God has
established for us a most suitable example of every virtue. As we look upon her
and think about her we are nor cast down as though stricken by the overpowering
splendor of God's power; but, on the contrary, attracted by the closeness of the
common nature we share with her, we strive with greater confidence to imitate
her. If we, with her powerful help, should dedicate ourselves wholly and
entirely to this undertaking, we can portray at least an outline of such great
virtue and sanctity, and reproducing that perfect conformity of our lives to all
God's designs which she possessed in so marvelous a degree, we shall follow her
into heaven." (Pope Leo XIII, "Magnae Dei Matris", 1892 A.D.)
do all our actions with Mary; that is to say, we must in all our actions regard
Mary as an accomplished model of every virtue and perfection which the Holy
Ghost has formed in a pure creature for us to imitate according to our little
measure. We must therefore in every action consider how Mary has done it, or how
she would have done it, had she been in our place. For that end we must examine
and meditate on the great virtues which she practiced during her life, and
particularly, first of all, her lively faith, by which she believed without
hesitation the angel's word, and believed faithfully and constantly up to the
foot of the cross; secondly, her profound humility, which made her hide herself,
hold her peace, submit to everything, and put herself the last of all; and,
thirdly, her altogether divine purity, which has never had, and never can have,
its equal under Heaven; and so on with all of her other virtues." (St. Louis
Marie de Montfort)
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