The Life of the Blessed Mother

It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is
also through her that he must reign in the world.

Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and
the Church “Alma Mater”, Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility
that she desired nothing more upon earth than to remain unknown to herself and to
others, and to be known only to God.

In answer to her prayers to remain hidden, poor and lowly, God was pleased to
conceal her from nearly every other human creature in her conception, her birth,
her life, her mysteries, her resurrection and assumption. Her own parents did not
really know her; and the angels would often ask one another, “Who can she
possibly be?”, for God had hidden her from them, or if he did reveal anything to
them, it was nothing compared with what he withheld.

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