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Historically, men have recognized the existence of a higher power above themselves and nature.  Over time, this being identified himself and his plan to draw everyone toward himself.  Certain persons who heard and announced God's messages were called prophets.  These ordinary men were called by God to give directions for right actions to his chosen people and those who heard his voice to recognize future signs which would point toward God's favored, God's chosen one, who would release men from their bondage to sin, and open their way to heaven.  All prophecies described one person who was called the "Prince of Peace, Wonder Counselor, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords."  This would characterize the "Chosen or Anointed One."

The name Christ means, "Anointed One."  Historically, the religious leader, acting as the representative or ambassador  of divinity, officially recognized the legitimacy of kings to exercise their power to rule the people as God's representative as when the prophet Samuel anointed David king to follow Saul.  Today, the rite of anointing is performed in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders.  The individual is anointed with chrism which marks him as one set apart as priest, as prophet, and king.  During ordination to the priesthood, the candidate's hands are anointed.  Through them we receive the divinity of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Christ is the Anointed One of God.  The word signifies his mission as God's Son to redeem us by satisfying for the sin of pride by our first parents.  By his suffering and death on the cross, God's anointed opened for us the door of opportunity to gain heaven.

In imitation of Jesus, a Christian should love Mary, and think the best of her.  He should have her for mother, and as such love her, serve her, wait upon her, and, like Jesus, be totally subject to her. (1)  St. Anthony Claret

Jesus is the mediator of justice who can ask in his own name, and in consideration of his own merits and his own rights.  Mary herself obtains what she asks only through the merits of the savior, and in virtue of prayer made in the name of Jesus Christ. (2)  St. Bernard of Clairvaux

What Jesus meant when he said, "Behold your mother, was this: My wounds are sources of graces, which flow only through Mary.
  (3)  St. Andrea

Mary is truly our mother; not indeed physically but spiritually, of our souls and of our salvation.  For she, by giving us Jesus, gave us true life; and afterwards, by offering the life of her Son on Calvary for our salvation, she brought us forth to the life of grace. (4)  St. Alphonsus Liguori

St. Simeon in the temple received a promise from God that he should not die until he had seen the Messiah.  But this grace he received through Mary, for it was in her arms that he found the savior.  Therefore, he who desires to find Jesus, will not find him otherwise than through Mary. (5)  St. Alphonsus Liguori

Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Gary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord Himself gave ten times as much of His life to her as He gave to His Apostles. (6)  Blessed Fulton Sheen


The reason why Christ is unknown today is because His Mother is unknown. (7)  Blessed John Henry Newman

If it is impossible to separate what God has united, it is also certain that you cannot find Jesus except with Mary and through Mary. (8)  St. Pius X, pope

The virgin was kept immune from all stain of original sin because she was to be the Mother of Christ, and she was the Mother of Christ that the hope of everlasting happiness might be born again in our souls. (9)  St. Pius X, pope

The Child is not found without Mary, His Mother . . . If, then, it is impossible to separate what God has united, it is also certain that you cannot find Jesus except with Mary and through Mary. (10)  Leo XIII, pope

It was on Calvary that Christ, Mary's most blessed Son and our brother, gave her to us as our mother, when he said to St. John: "Behold your mother." (11)  St. Josemaria Escriva

The blessed Virgin embraced us in her suffering, as the ancient prophecy was fulfilled: "And a sword shall pierce your own soul" (Luke 2:35).  We are all her children, she is the Mother of all mankind. (12)  St. Josemaria Escriva

In fact, the august Virgin, conceived without original sin, was chosen to be the Mother of Christ in order to be associated with him in the redemption of mankind.  For that reason she was adorned with such abundant grace and such great power in her Son's sight that neither human nor angelic nature can ever acquire a like grace of power. (13)  Pius XI, pope

If it is impossible to separate what God has united, it is also certain that you cannot find Jesus except with Mary and through Mary. (14)  St. Pius X, pope

Mary suffered and, as it were, nearly died with her suffering Son; for the salvation of mankind she renounced her mother's rights and, as far as it depended on her, offered her Son to placate divine justice; so we may well say that she with Christ redeemed mankind. (15)  Benedict XV, pope

Mother most faithful and most merciful, who as co-Redemptrix and partaker of your son's sorrow, assisted him as he offered the sacrifice of our redemption on the altar of the Cross. (16)  Pius XI, pope

To mankind heading for eternal ruin, she offered a Savior when she received the announcement of the mystery brought to this earth by the angel, and in giving her consent, gave it in the name of the whole human race.
(17)  Leo XIII, pope

In a miracle of love, so that she might receive us as her sons, Mary offered generously to the divine justice her own Son, and in her heart died with him, stabbed by the sword of sorrow. (18)  Leo XIII, pope

It was not only the glory of the Mother of God to have presented to God the only begotten who was to be born of human members, the material by which he was prepared as a Victim for the salvation of mankind, but hers also the office of tending and nourishing that Victim, and at the appointed time of offering him at the altar.  (19)  St. Pius X, pope

The Virgin was kept immune from all stain of original sin because she was to be Mother of Christ, and she was the Mother of Christ that the hope of everlasting happiness might be born again in our souls. (20)  St. Pius X, pope

By the will of God, the most Blessed Virgin Mary was inseparably joined with Christ in accomplishing the work of man's redemption, so that our salvation flows from the love of Jesus Christ and his sufferings intimately united with the love and sorrows of his Mother. (21)  Pius XII, pope

The most pure heart of Mary was seat of that love, of that sorrow, of those most sublime affections which had so great a part in our redemption, especially when she kept vigil at the foot of the Cross. (22)  Pius XII, pope

She stood at the foot of the Cross and offered those sorrows to the Eternal Father for our salvation.
(23)  Pius VII, pope

She it was, who, always most closely united with her Son, offered him up to the Eternal Father on Calvary, along with the sacrifice of her own claims as his Mother and of her own mother love. (24)  Pius XII, pope

After witnessing at the foot of the Cross the awful spectacle of the Passion of Our Lord, in which she had offered  the most difficult sacrifice that could be asked of a mother, she continued to lavish her maternal care upon the first Christian adopted children. (25)  Pius XII, pope

The grace of Christ comes to us through the Mother of Christ.  She . . . became at the same time Mother of Christ and Mother of Divine Grace. The maternal office of Mediatrix really began at the very moment of her consent to the Incarnation. (26)  Pius XII, pope

She is associated with him for ever, with power so to speak infinite, in the distribution of the graces which flow from redemption.  (27)  Pius XI, pope

She has her royal power to distribute the treasures of the kingdom of the divine Redeemer.   (28)  Pius XII, pope

She never ceases to bestow all the treasures of her affection and loving attention upon humanity so much in need of compassion. (29)  Pius XII, pope

It has been allowed to the august Virgin to be the most powerful Mediatrix and advocate of the whole world with her divine Son.  (30)  St. Pius X, pope

The use of the sacred names of Jesus and Mary, as a short prayer is sweet to the mind, and powerful.  It will protect those who use it against the enemies of their salvation. (31)  Thomas àKempis

We can imagine how in various situations the Virgin must have pondered on those words of the Angel: "Do not fear, Mary." She must have heard them again when Simeon said to her: "This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed - and you yourself will be pierced with a sword," at that very moment in which she might have succumbed to fear, Mary returned to the Angel's words and felt their echo within her; "Do not fear, God is carrying you."  Then, when contradictions were unleashed against Jesus during his public life and many said, "He is crazy," she thought once again of the Angel's words in her heart, "Do not fear," and went ahead.  Lastly, in the encounter on the way to Calvary and then under the Cross, when all seemed to be destroyed, she again heard the Angel's words in her heart: "Do not fear.  She stood courageously beside her dying Son and, sustained by faith, moved towards the Resurrection, towards Pentecost, towards the foundation of the new family of the Church. (32)  Benedict XVI, pope


The Virgin Mary herself, among all human creatures the closest to God, still had to walk day after day in a pilgrimage of faith, constantly guarding and meditating on in her heart the Word that God addressed to her through Holy Scripture and through the events of the life of her Son, in whom she recognized and welcomed the Lord's mysterious voice. (33)  Benedict XVI, pope


One must remain in prayer with Mary, the Mother given to us by Christ from the Cross.  (34)  Benedict XVI, pope


Mary, who by a mysterious plan was associated to the sufferings of Christ her Son, never tires to exhort us to live and share with serene trust the experience of sorrow and sickness, offering it with faith to the Father, thus completing in our flesh what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ. (35)  Benedict XVI, pope


The archetype for the second coming of Christ, which we might call a "spiritual incarnation," is always Mary.  Just as the Virgin Mother pondered in her heart on the Word made flesh, so every individual soul and the entire Church are called during their earthly pilgrimage to wait for Christ who comes and to welcome him with faith and love ever new.  (36)  Benedict XVI, pope

In her immaculate soul, Mary herself was to be pierced by the sword of sorrow, thus showing that her role in the history of salvation did not end in the mystery of the Incarnation but was completed in loving and sorrowful participation in the death and Resurrection of her Son. (37)  Benedict XVI, pope

The loneliness of Mary.  Alone!  She weeps, forsakenly.  You and I should keep Our Lady company, and weep also: for Jesus has been fastened to the wood, with nails, our miseries. (38)  St. Josemaria Escrivá


The humility of my Mother Holy Mary!  You won't see her amid the palms of Jerusalem, nor, apart from the first-fruits of Cana, at the hour of the great miracles.  But she doesn't flee from the contempt of Golgotha: there, iuxta crucem Jesu, beside the cross of Jesus, stands his Mother. (39)  St. Josemaria Escrivá 

Mary points to Jesus.  She asks us to bear witness to Jesus, she constantly guides us to her Son Jesus, because in Him alone do we find salvation.  He alone can change the water of our loneliness, difficulties and sin into the wine of encounter, joy and forgiveness.  He alone. (40)  Francis I, pope

Deep inside herself Our Lacy, with great simplicity, listened and mediated on the Word of God and on that which happened to Jesus.  She followed her Son with intimate conviction, with firm hope. (41)  Francis I, pope

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