"Let Mary's soul be in us to glorify the Lord; let her spirit be in us that we may rejoice in God our Savior." St. Anselm
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name;
And his mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his children forever.
"The humility of Mary and her trustful awaiting everything from God is like a road sign for us who are traveling on the path to holiness or following a program of interior life. The gestures of empty hands and a gaze looking toward heaven portray the attitude of the poor and humble Handmaid of the Lord. It is recommended that everyone imitate this attitude." (Open Wide the Door to Christ, pg. 145
"This unrepeatable bond between Mary and God was like a spiritual 'umbilical cord'. Such a relationship between a creature and Creator will never happen again. It is because of this relationship, that St. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, told Mary: 'Most blessed are you among women'" (Lk 1:42." (In the Arms of Mary, pg. 125)
"Zechariah showed himself to be a man who was old not only in age but also in spirit, a person who tied up God's hands, for he was unable to believe in miracles. In order for him to believe He had to be touched with a different, painful for him, miracle, which was the taking away of his ability to speak." (The Gift of Faith, pg. 70-71)
"God reveals His will to her with an infinite love and Mary responds with total abandonment of herself, even if she is experiencing something that completely surpasses the capacity of human understanding."
(In the Arms of Mary, pg. 123)
"Thank God for each truth that He reveals to you. Desire to be God's servant. Long to be someone who is poor in spirit and trusts his Lord so much that he does not ask unnecessary questions." (Open Wide the Door to Christ, pg. 145)