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Against Those Who Discourage Marian Devotion

The Annunciation

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The Flesh of Jesus is the Flesh of Mary

The Hail Mary

The Holy Family

Honor to Mary is Honor to Jesus

Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness [Pg.]

Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness

The Incarnation & Birth of Jesus

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Infallible Proclamation of the Immaculate Conception

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Jesus & Mary

Jesus and Mary / United

Marian Devotions [Pg.]

Mary & Eve

Mary & Grace / Graces

Mary & The Church

Mary & The Passion and Death of Jesus

Mary / Ark of the Covenant

Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix

Mary as 'Tabernacle'

Mary Helps Us Find Jesus / Mary is Not a Hindrance to Union With God

Mary is Always Ready To Help Us

Mary / Knowledge and Love of Jesus

Mary Needs to Be More Known

Mary, Our Mother

Mary / Respect for Women

Mary, the Mother of God

Mary, the Mother of God & Our Mother

Mary / Virginity

Mary Vs. Satan

Mary's Maternity [Pg.]

Mary's Motherhood / Misc.

Mary's Virtues

No Homage to Mary More Agreeable Than Knowledge and Love of Her Son

No Honor of Mary is Too High

Powerful Intercession of Mary

Praise of Mary

The Queenship of Mary

Respect For Mary's Name

The Rosary

The Scapular

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We Should Have an Image of the Blessed Virgin in Our Home

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Against Those Who Discourage Marian Devotion

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"We hear them sometimes speak of devotion to our Blessed Lady, not for the purpose of establishing it and persuading men to embrace it, but to destroy the abuses which are made of it; and all the while these teachers are without piety or tender devotion toward Thyself, simply because they have none for Mary. They regard the Rosary and the Scapular as devotions proper for weak and ignorant minds, without which men can save themselves; and if there falls into their hands any poor client of Our Lady who says his Rosary, or has any other practice of devotion toward her, they soon change his spirit and his heart. Instead of the Rosary, they counsel him the seven Penitential Psalms. Instead of devotion to the holy Virgin, they counsel him devotion to Jesus Christ. O my sweet Jesus, do these people have Thy spirit? Do they please Thee in acting thus? Does it please Thee when, for fear of displeasing Thee, we neglect doing our utmost to please Thy Mother? Does devotion to Thy holy Mother hinder devotion to Thyself? Does she attribute to herself the honor we pay her? Does she head a faction of her own? Is she a stranger who has no connection with Thee? Does it displease Thee that we should try to please her? Do we separate or alienate ourselves from Thy love by giving ourselves to her and honoring her? Yet, my sweet Master, the greater part of the learned could not discourage devotion to Thy holy mother more, and could now show more indifference to it, even if all that I have just said were true. Thus have they been punished for their pride! Keep me, Lord, keep me form their sentiments and their practices, and give me some share of the sentiments of gratitude, esteem, respect and love which Thou hast in regard to Thy holy Mother, so that the more I imitate and follow her, the more I may love and glorify Thee. So, as if up to this point I had still said nothing in honor of Thy holy Mother, 'give me now the grace to praise Thee worthily,' in spite of all her enemies, who are Thine as well; and grant me to say loudly with the saints, 'Let not that man presume to look for the mercy of God who offends His holy Mother.'" (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

Also See: Mary Needs to Be More Known | No Honor of Mary is Too High | Praise of Mary | Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended | We Should Imitate Mary / Mary is Our Model | The Blessed Virgin's Intercession [Pg.] | Do Catholics Worship Mary? | Marian Facts | Marian Scriptural References | Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary | Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Annunciation / Incarnation

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The Assumption of Mary 

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The Blessed Virgin's Intercession

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Deceptive Piety Towards Mary / Presumptuous Devotees

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"Let them each one fully convince himself of this, that if his piety towards the Blessed Virgin does not hinder him from sinning, or does not move his will to amend an evil life, it is a piety deceptive and lying, wanting as it is in proper effect and its natural fruit." (Pope St. Pius X, "Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum", 1904)

"Presumptuous devotees are sinners abandoned to their passions, or lovers of the world, who under the fair name of Christians and clients of our Blessed Lady conceal pride, avarice, impurity, drunkenness, anger, swearing, detraction, injustice or some other sin. They sleep in peace in the midst of their bad habits, without doing any violence to themselves to correct their faults, under the pretext that they are devout to the Blessed Virgin... Nothing in Christianity is more detestable than this diabolical presumption. For how can we truly say that we love and honor our Blessed Lady when by our sins we are pitilessly piercing, wounding, crucifying and outraging Jesus Christ, her Son? If Mary laid down a law to herself, to save by her mercy this sort of people, she would be authorizing crime and helping crucify and outrage her Son. Who would ever dare think of such a thing?" (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

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Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended

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The Holy Family

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"We cannot separate Mary and Joseph, were it only for their having such close connection with the mystery of the Incarnation - Mary as being the Mother of the Son of God; and Joseph, as being guardian of the Virgin's spotless honor, and Foster-Father of the divine Babe." (Gueranger)

"But why is He conceived not of a Virgin merely, but of a Virgin espoused? First, that by the descent of Joseph, Mary's family might be made known; secondly, that she might not be stoned by the Jews as an adulteress; thirdly, that in her flight into Egypt she might have the comfort of a husband. The Martyr Ignatius adds yet a fourth reason, namely, that his birth might be hid from the Devil, looking for Him to be born of a wife and not of a virgin" (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church)

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Honor to Mary is Honor to Jesus

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"The honor of the Mother reflects on the Son." (St. John Damascene, Doctor of the Church)

"[W]hatever honor and praise are bestowed on the Mother redound to the Son." (Pope Pius IX, "Ineffabilis Deus", 1854)

"That which is given to the Mother redounds to the Son; the honor given to the Queen is honor bestowed on the King." (St. Ildephonsus)

"For the honor which we give to [the Mother of the Lord] is referred to Him Who was made incarnate of her." (St. John of Damascus, Doctor of the Church)

"Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son." (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church)

"The honor given to the Mother reflects on her Son, because the Mother is to be honored for her Son's sake." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"Indeed, in loving Mary we honor God, who raised her to the dignity of the Mother of his Son made man, and we unite ourselves with Jesus Christ who loved her as a mother. We will never love her as he loved her: 'Jesus was the first to honor her as his mother, and we must imitate him in this also. We will never be able to equal the love with which Jesus loved her'." (Pope John Paul II)

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Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness

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Jesus & Mary

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Marian Devotions 

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Mary & Eve

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Mary & The Church

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"While it is an historical fact that the Church came forth from the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost, in a certain sense one can say that she has never left it. Spiritually the event of Pentecost does not belong only to the past: the Church is always in the Upper Room that she bears in her heart. The Church perseveres...like the Apostles together with Mary, the Mother of Christ, and with those who in Jerusalem were the first seed of the Christian community and who awaited in prayer the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Church perseveres in prayer with Mary. This union of the praying Church with the Mother of Christ has been part of the mystery of the Church from the beginning: we see her present in this mystery as she is present in the mystery of her Son." (Pope John Paul II)

"Mary is the Mother of the Church not only because she is the Mother of Christ and His most intimate associate in 'the new economy when the Son of God took a human nature from her, that He might in the mysteries of His flesh free man from sin,' but also because 'she shines forth to the whole community of the elect as a model of the virtues.' Indeed, just as no human mother can limit her task to the generation of a new man but must extend it to the function of nourishing and educating her offspring, thus the blessed Virgin Mary, after participating in the redeeming sacrifice of the Son, and in such an intimate way as to deserve to be proclaimed by Him the Mother not only of His disciple John but - may we be allowed to affirm it - of mankind which he in some way represents, now continues to fulfill from heaven her maternal function as the cooperator in the birth and development of divine life in the individual souls of redeemed men. This is a most consoling truth which, by the free consent of God the All-Wise, is an integrating part of the mystery of human salvation; therefore it must be held as faith by all Christians." (Pope Paul VI, 1967 A.D.)

Also See: Jesus & Mary [Pg.] | The Blessed Virgin's Intercession [Pg.] | Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix | Mary's Maternity [Pg.] | Praise of Mary | The Queenship of Mary

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Mary / Ark of the Covenant

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"The Ark contained the Tablets of the Law; Mary contained in her womb the heir of the Testament. The Ark bore the Law; Mary bore the Gospel. The Ark make the voice of God heard; Mary gave us the very Word of God. The Ark shone forth with the purest of gold; Mary shone forth both inwardly and outwardly with the splendor of virginity. The gold which adorned the Ark came from the interior of the earth; the gold with which Mary shown forth came from the mines of heaven." (St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church)

"The Blessed Mother, Mary, raises the Divine Infant from the Crib; she presses him to heart; she places him on her knees; it is our God, Emmanuel, throned, but with such love and majesty on the Ark of the New Covenant. How far is the glory of Mary above that of the other living Throne formed for the Eternal Word by the trembling wings of Cherubim! And the Ark of Moses, made of corruptible wood, covered with plates of gold, holding within it the Manna and the Rod of Aaron and the very Tables of the Law - it is not a figure that pales in the presence of the holiness and the dignity of the Mother of God?" (Dom Gueranger)

Also See: Mary As 'Tabernacle' | Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness [Pg.] | Annunciation / Incarnation [Pg.] | Mary's Maternity [Pg.] | Praise of Mary | Mary's Virtues | Marian Scriptural References | Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary | Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix

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Mary as 'Tabernacle'

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"[A]t the Visitation, [Mary] bore in her womb the Word made flesh...[and] became in some way a 'tabernacle' - the first 'tabernacle' in history - in which the Son of God, still invisible to our human gaze, allowed himself to be adored by Elizabeth, radiating his light as it were through the eyes and the voice of Mary." (Pope John Paul II, 2003 A.D.)

"He, whom earth, and sea, and the firmament, worship, adore, and praise; he, the King of the triple kingdom, is carried in Mary's womb. The womb of a Virgin, who has been filled with heavenly grace, bears him, whom the moon, and sun, and all creatures serve in the order marked for them. O Mother, blessed in her great office! He, the sovereign Creator, who holds the world in the palm of his hand, is enclosed in the tabernacle of her womb. The angelic messenger proclaims her blessed; the Holy Spirit makes her fruitful; and the Desired of nations is born of her. Glory be to thee, O Jesus, that wast born of the Virgin! And to the Father, and to the Spirit of love, for everlasting ages. Amen." (Hymn, Office of Matins)

Also See: Annunciation / Incarnation [Pg.] | Jesus and Mary / United | The Flesh of Jesus is the Flesh of Mary | Mary, the Mother of God | Jesus & Mary [Pg.] | Mary / Ark of the Covenant

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Mary Helps Us Find Jesus / Mary is Not a Hindrance to Union With God

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"If, then, we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady, it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ, and to provide an easy and secure means for finding Jesus Christ. If devotion to Our Lady removed us from Jesus Christ, we should have to reject it as an illusion of the devil; but so far from this being the case, devotion to Our Lady is, on the contrary, necessary for us...as a means of finding Jesus Christ perfectly, of loving Him tenderly, of serving Him faithfully." (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

"Spiritual persons, therefore, must not fall into the false belief that Mary can be a hindrance to them in attaining divine union; for is it possible that she who has found grace before God for the whole world in general and for each one in particular, should be a hindrance to a soul in finding the great grace of union with Him? Can it be possible that she who has been full and superabounding with graces, so united and transformed...that it has been a kind of necessity that He should be incarnate in her, should be a stumbling-block in the way of a soul's perfect union with God?" (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

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Mary Needs to Be More Known

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"Being the sure means and the straight and immaculate way to go to Jesus Christ and to find Him perfectly, it is by her that the souls who are to shine forth especially in sanctity have to find Our Lord. He who shall find Mary shall find life (cf. Prov. 8:35), that is, Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn. 14:6). But no one can find Mary who does not seek her; and no one can seek her who does not know her; for we cannot seek or desire an unknown object. It is necessary, then, for the greater knowledge and glory of the Most Holy Trinity, that Mary should be more than ever known." (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

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Mary / Respect for Women

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"[R]espect for women rises and falls with that for Mary" (Catholic Dictionary)

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Mary / Virginity

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Mary Vs. Satan

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Mary's Maternity

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Mary's Virtues

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No Honor of Mary is Too High

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"If Mary is the Mother of God, what wonder, then, that God has glorified and will glorify, though all ages, her power of intercession with Him for all men? The Eternal Father has chosen Mary to be the mother of His only Son; the Holy Spirit chose her as His spouse. The Son, who has promised a throne in heaven to the apostles who preached His word, is bound in justice to do more for the Mother who bore Him, the eternal Word. If we believe in honoring our mother, surely He believes in honoring and glorifying His. Now what honors, what prerogatives, should God bestow on her whom He has so favored, and who served Him so devotedly! How should she be honored whom the King of Heaven deigns to honor!... How should Jesus reward the loving Mother who bore Him, nursed Him, saved Him in his infancy from a most cruel death? Is there any honor too high for her whom God himself has so honored? Is there any glory too dazzling for her whom the God of glory has chosen for His dwelling place?" (Muller)

"Let us not be surprised, therefore, at the enthusiasm and profound respect wherewith the Church extols the Blessed Virgin and her prerogatives. Let us on the contrary be convinced that all the praise the Church can give her, and all the devotion she can ever bear towards her, are far below what is due to her as Mother of the Incarnate God. No mortal will ever be able to describe, or even comprehend, how great a glory accrues to her from this sublime dignity. For, as the glory of Mary comes from her being the Mother of God, one would have first to comprehend God himself in order to measure the greatness of her dignity. It is to God that Mary gave our human nature; it is God whom she had as her Child; it is God who gloried in rendering himself, inasmuch as he is Man, subject to her: hence, the true value of such a dignity possessed by a mere creature, can only be appreciated in proportion to our knowledge of the sovereign perfections of the great God, who thus deigns to make himself dependent upon that favored creature. Let us therefore bow down in deepest adoration before the Majesty of our God; let us therefore acknowledge that we cannot respect as it deserves the extraordinary dignity of her whom He chose for His Mother." (Dom Gueranger) 

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Praise of Mary

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The Queenship of Mary

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Respect For Mary's Name

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"May Mary's name be held in highest reverence, a name sweeter than honey and more precious than jewels; may none utter blasphemous words, the sign of a defiled soul, against that name graced with such dignity and revered for its motherly goodness; let no one be so bold as to speak a syllable which lacks the respect due to her name." (Pope Pius XII, "Ad Caeli Reginam", 1954 A.D.)

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We Should Have an Image of The Blessed Virgin in Our Home

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"When one loves anyone, it is a great happiness to have something of theirs as a souvenir. If we love our Mother, the Blessed Virgin, we should make it both our duty and privilege to have one of her pictures or statues in our home, which from time to time will remind us of her." (St. John Vianney)

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