9th May


This greatest of Virgins and highly favoured Mother of the Saviour, although a most noble member of the Church, is, at the same time and with perfect propriety, the mother of the Church itself, since the Church was born when Our Lord Jesus Christ was born. Therefore the Church has that close resemblance to Mary, which a daughter bears to a mother. Like Mary the Church is endowed with virginal incorruptibility, and, at the same time, with the fecundity of motherhood.

Pred. p. 303


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