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Full of grace, indeed, is Mary. She belongs to the two Covenants, and has grace from both: to the Old, which endows her with the grace of motherhood, and to the New which gives her the grace of virginity. She has the grace of chaste splendour before men, and the grace of salvation before God. The dignity and majesty of her exterior gifts delight men; the abundance and perfection of her interior gifts delight God. Hence she is truly blessed among women; blessed above all women by virtue of the sacred seed which the Creator enclosed in her womb, and from whence all blessings flow. Thus, she not only has all blessedness as her own possession, but she gave birth to the permanent source of every blessing.

Ibid. P. 306

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