"But rather should any one knock at her door, let her say: I am a wall, and my breasts a tower. I have washed my feet, I cannot defile them.* ... Restore this most precious jewel to Mary's cell, and place her where the little Jesus cries in the manger (cunia Jesu vagientis impone)." **

"What and how great was the blessed and glorious ever-Virgin Mary, is set forth from heaven by the Angel who said: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women. For with such privileges it was befitting the Virgin should be dowered, that she might be full of grace, who gave glory to heaven, the Lord to earth -- through whom also came our peace, the faith to the nations, an end to vices, order to life, discipline to morals. ... And well is she said to be full; because to others is bestowed grace in parts, but Mary is poured at once the whole fulness of grace.... In truth full; because whilst we believe that grace was in the holy patriarchs and prophets, yet not in such fulness. But in Mary came the fulness of all grace that is in Christ, although in different manner. And therefore he says: Blessed art thou amongst women: that is, more blessed than all women. And hereby whatever much malediction was infused through Eve, was all taken away by Mary's blessing."***


"The Angel Gabriel was sent from God... to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David, and the Virgin's name was Mary." -- Luke i. 26, 27.

"The sacerdotal line differed from the royal line which had its origin in one of David's sons, who, according to the custom, married a wife from the sacerdotal line. Hence Mary belonged to both tribes, and had her descent both in the royal and sacerdotal lines."*****

"Christ was born of a Mother who -- though she conceived in perfect purity, and ever remained inviolate, a Virgin conceiving, a Virgin giving birth, a Virgin at death -- yet was espoused to a carpenter, and thus extinguished in herself all pride of noble birth."*****

"The Virgin was espoused, that Joseph might himself take care of the Infant, whether in going to Egypt, or returning thence."******

"All goods appertaining to marriage were found in that of Christ's parents, Joseph and Mary: offspring, fidelity, and sacrament. Offspring, in the person of the Lord Jesus: fidelity, because no adultery: sacrament, because no divorce." *******

"It was through believing that the Blessed Mary conceived Christ, to whom also through believing she gave birth... Mary, full of faith, and conceiving Christ in her mind before she did so in her womb, said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word."********

* Cant. viii. 10; v. 3.

** That is, Send her to the monastery at Bethlehem; where were her grandmother Paula, and her aunt Eustochium. Epist. cvii. 7, 13, Ad Laetam.

*** Serm. De Assumpt. B. M. V. Int. Opp. S. Hieron.

**** De Divers. quaest. 61, n. 2.

***** De catechizandis rudibus, n. 22.

****** Ap. Morales, L. ii., Tr. 1.

****** De nuptiis et concupiscentia, L. i. c. 11.

****** Serm. 215.


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