Welcome to Seven Things Tuesday, and today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, when Mary signaled to Gabriel the Archangel her acceptance of God’s will, leading to Christ being conceived in her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit.
So for you, readers, here are seven quotes from saints throughout the centuries on the power and importance Mary, Mother of God, holds for us.
“May the mother of Jesus and our mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her most holy son, every heavenly blessing.”
— St. Padre Pio
“Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary."
— St. Bonaventure
"If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you."
— St. John Vianney
"When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down."
— St. Josemaría Escrivá
"All true children of God have God for their father and Mary for his mother; anyone who does not have Mary for his mother, does not have God for his father."
— St. Louis Marie de Montfort
”Jesus honored her before all ages, and will honor her for all ages. No one comes to him, nor even near him, no one is saved or sanctified, if he too will not honor her. This is the lot of angels and of men.”
— St. Maximilian Kolbe
“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary."
— St. Thomas Aquinas
Scott Warden is the associate editor of OSV Newsweekly.