“[Mary] is a genuine model to me now as she was not when I was young.  As a pregnant mother and as witness to the cross, she testifies to the joy, the pain, and the promise of all human life.  She unites the power of what early centuries saw in her as “male” virtue with the demanding human virtue of compassion.  Above all, she reminds me of God’s insistence that all creation and every human being, no matter how poor or powerless, is truly significant.”

— Sally Cunneen

Madonna and Child by Maratta

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