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“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.”

–Saint Thomas Aquinas

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“Mary is honored in the Church with special reverence. Indeed, from most ancient times the Blessed Virgin Mary has been venerated under the title of ‘God-bearer.’ In all perils and needs, the faithful have fled prayerfully to her protection. … it bears in itself and expresses the profound link which exists between the Mother of Christ and the Church. As Virgin and Mother, Mary remains for the Church a “permanent model.”… Mary, present in the mystery of Christ, remains constantly present also in the mystery of the Church. … Like Mary, who first believed by accepting the word of God revealed to her at the Annunciation and by remaining faithful to that word in all her trials even unto the Cross, so too the Church becomes a mother when, accepting with fidelity the word of God, “by her preaching and by baptism she brings forth to a new and immortal life children who are conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of God.”

— Pope St. John Paul II

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