Virgin and Child


From the Apostolic Digest


He who shall find me shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.


Listen, all you who desire the Kingdom of God! Honor and serve the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will find life and eternal salvation!

St. Bonaventure

Whoever honors, loves, serves, and invokes Mary with humility and confidence will ascend to Paradise.

St. John Eudes

If you persevere until death in true devotion to Mary, you salvation is certain.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

O Holy Mother of God, all those who will be partakers of eternal happiness dwell in thee.
Office of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

He Who made me rested in my tabernacle, and He said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in My Elect . . . And I took root in an honorable people and in the portion of my God His inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of the Saints.

Ecclesiasticus 24:12-16

One cannot talk about the Church if Mary, the Mother of the Lord, is not present with His brothers. Only Mary could make one heart and one mind of Jesus' Apostles, as though Christ wanted to show us that He entrusted to His Mother's maternal care the mission of making the Church a single family. Yes, in Mary we have the bond of communion of all of us who, through faith and Baptism, are disciples and brothers of Jesus.

Pope John Paul II

In the multitude of the Elect she shall have praise, and among the blessed she shall be blessed.

Ecclesiasticus 24:4

Blessed are they who turn with sincere affection to most holy Mary, extending her glory in the world and magnifying her name in the Catholic Church in opposition to the crack-brained insanity of heretics and infidels . . . Those who magnify her attain eternal life. No sinner, howsoever great and abominable he might be, shall be excluded from redemption and justification, nor shall he fail to attain eternal life, if he invoke the intercession of this powerful Lady and Advocate.

Ven. Mary of Agreda

 Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon earth  . . . because He hath so magnified thy name that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord forever . . . Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of Israel, the honor of our people . . . and therefore thou shalt be blessed forever!

Judith 13:23, 25; 15:10,11

 There is no country in the world, no nation under the sun, either great or small, rich or poor, there is no religious or priest, no man or woman, who is not under the obligation to confess and proclaim that the Mother of the Savior is the most blessed, powerful, generous, compliant, admirable, and amiable of all creatures.

St. John Eudes

 Her children rose up and called her blessed.

Proverbs 31:28

  For behold: from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed . . .who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

St. Luke 1:48; St. John 1:13

O Mary, blessed are you among women, for you have brought forth life for both men and women. The mother of our race brought punishment into the world; the Mother of Our Lord brought salvation to the world. Eve was the originator of sin, Mary was the originator of merit.

St. Augustine

Mary is the Mother of those who live by grace, as Eve is the mother of those who die according to nature.

St. Peter Chrysologus

Eve was the cause of death, but Mary restored life to us.

St. Bruno

Death through Eve, life through Mary.

St. Jerome

Instead of Eve, we have Mary.

St. John Chrysostom

The Mother of all the living. Genesis 3:20

Eve was by nature the mother of the children of death;
Mary is by grace the Mother of the children of life.

St. Peter Chrysologus

Everyone of the multitudes, therefore, whom the evil of calamitous circumstances has stolen away from Catholic unity, must be born again to Christ by that same Mother whom God has endowed with a never-failing fertility to bring forth a holy people.

Pope Leo XIII

O Lady, thou art the Mother of Justification and of the justified; thou art the Mother of Reconciliation and of the reconciled; thou art the Mother of Redemption and of the redeemed.

St. Anselm

Bearing in her womb the Savior, Mary can also be said to have borne all those whose life the Savior's life enshrined. All of us, then, as many as are knit to Christ  . . . have come forth from Mary's womb: one body, as it were, knit together with its Head.

Pope St. Pius X

Although in the most pure womb of Mary there was but one kernel of grain, which was Jesus Christ, nevertheless her womb is called a "heap of wheat" (Canticles 7:2) because all the Elect were virtually contained in it.

St. Ambrose

This Man and that man is born in her  . . . This is the Gate of the Lord: the just shall enter into it.

Psalm 86:5; 117:20

Mary is that Happy Ark, in which those who take refuge will never suffer the shipwreck of eternal perdition.

St. Bernard

Everyone has been saved in the Virgin.

St. Peter Chrysologus

He who is faithful in the service of Mary will certainly
be saved  . . .There is no one, however wicked, whom Mary does not save by her intercession when she wishes . . . He who has recourse to Mary shall be saved.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

   No one, not even a sinner, who devoutly recommends himself to her shall ever become the prey of Hell.

St. Catherine of Siena

   However great a sinner may have been, if he shows himself devout to Mary he will never perish.

St. Hilary of Poitiers

   Mary was made Mother of God to obtain salvation for many who, on account of their wicked lives, could not be saved according to the rigor of Divine justice, but might be saved with the help of her sweet mercy and powerful intercession.

St. John Chrysostom

The Saints assert that anyone who prays to the Mother of God in time of temptation will be preserved from sin, and that whoever approaches her with perfect trust throughout his life will surely be saved.

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe

   He will not taste death forever who, in his dying moments, has recourse to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Pius XI

   My children, if you desire perseverance, be devout to our Blessed Lady.

St. Philip Neri

If I love Mary, I am certain of perseverance, and I shall obtain whatever I wish from God.

St. John Berchmans

   I firmly believe I owe my deliverance to the sole intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Vincent de Paul

The gates of Heaven will open to all who confide in the protection of Mary.

St. Bonaventure


Souls protected by Mary, and on whom she casts her eyes, are necessarily justified and saved  . . . Just as it is impossible that they be saved from whom Mary turns away her eyes of mercy, so is it certain that they who are loved by Mary, and for whom she intercedes, will obtain justification and eternal life.

St. Antoninus

All those who seek Mary's protection will be saved for all eternity.

Pope Benedict XV

  Mary obtains salvation for all who have recourse to her. Oh! If all sinners had recourse to Mary, who would ever be lost? . . . He who is protected by her will be saved; he who is not will be lost.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

   It is impossible to be saved without the help of the Most Blessed Virgin, because those who are not saved by the justice of God are saved by the intercession of Mary.

St. John Chrysostom

  We believe that Mary opens the abyss of God's mercy to whomsoever she wills, when she wills, and as she wills; so that there is no sinner however great who is lost if Mary protects him.

St. Bonaventure

  Hell is not the lot of any true client of Mary for whom she prays even once, and for whom she says to her Son that she wishes him to be saved  . . . It is sufficient that you desire our salvation, O Mary, and we cannot help but be saved.

St. Anselm

He who is devout to the Virgin Mother will certainly never be lost.

St. Ignatius of Antioch

   Not one of those who love her can perish; not one of those who try to imitate her can fail to attain eternal salvation.

St. John Eudes

   Not a single soul who has really persevered in her service has ever been damned.

St. Louis Marie de Montfort
   No one who shall invoke this Mother of Grace with devotion and perseverance can possibly perish forever.

St. John Eudes

   By Mary, God descended from Heaven into the world, so that by her men might ascend from earth into Heaven.
St. Fulgentius

   O Mary, thou art the noblest, the most exalted and purest, the fairest, the holiest of all things created! I desire a greater and more tender love of thee, and this thou must
obtain for me, because love of thee is a great sign of predestination, and a grace granted by God to those who shall be saved.

Pope Pius VII

  The sign of those who will be saved consists in this: that they have a great devotion to Mary in their hearts.

Bl. John of Avila

  I believe that devotion to thee, O Lady, is a certain sign of eternal salvation.

St. Gabriel of the Most Sorrowful Virgin

Devotion to Mary is a sure sign of predestination to him who possesses it.

Bl. Alan de la Roche

  Mary is the Mysterious Book of Predestination to glory.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Love of Mary and devotion to her are a sure sign of obtaining eternal salvation.

St. Bernard

O Mother of Perpetual Help, confidence in thee is a certain pledge of everlasting salvation.

Bl. Pope Pius IX

O Mother of God! If I place my confidence in thee, I shall be saved; if I am under thy protection, I have nothing to fear; for the fact of being thy client is a possession of a certainty of salvation which God grants only to those whom He intends to save.

St. John Damascene

  O Most Blessed Virgin, just as everyone who hates thee and is forgotten by thee must necessarily perish, so also must everyone who loves thee and is loved by thee necessarily be saved!

St. Bonaventure

O how long ago the earth would have been destroyed, if Mary had not interposed!

St. Fulgentius

  Hail, Mary, gracious Mother of Mercy; who would not love thee? Thou are our certain salvation!

Ven. Pope Pius XII

   She is the eldest daughter of the Great King. If you enjoy her favor, she will introduce you to the Monarch of the Universe. No one has so great an interest with Him than Mary, who was the occasion of His coming down from Heaven
to become man for the redemption of mankind.

St. John the Almoner

If you wish to walk securely and be certain of your salvation, if you aspire to a great crown in Heaven that will never fade, love and honor Mary, and strive to make her known, loved, and honored by others.

St. Joseph Cafasso

What will it cost you, O Mary, to hear our prayer? What will it cost you to save us? Has not Jesus placed in your hands all the treasures of His grace and mercy? You sit crowned as Queen at the right hand of your Son: your dominion reaches as far as the heavens, and to you are subject the earth and all creatures dwelling thereon. Your dominion reaches even down into the abyss of Hell, and you alone, O Mary, save us from the hands of Satan.

Pope Pius XI

Just as it is impossible for one who is not devout to Mary, and consequently not protected by her, to be saved, so is it impossible for one who recommends himself to her, and consequently is beloved by her, to be lost.

St. Anselm

No, he can never be lost who recommends himself to thee, O Mary.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

If she protects you, you have nothing to fear, for you cannot be lost.

St. Bernard

Mary, not one of thy devout servants has ever perished; may I, too, be saved!

Pope Benedict XV

And after this, can men be found who deem it wrong to call thee The Way of Life? O Mary, thou art the hope and refuge of humble sinners; thou healest them whose hearts are sick from crime, and thou winnest salvation for them who repent. Thou art the glory and helper of those who have confidence in thee; and by thy prayers thou obtainest the reward of eternal life for them who serve thee.

Old English Missal: Christmas Season

A true servant of Mary cannot be lost.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

Being thy servant, O Mary, is a surety of salvation God grants solely to those He will save.

St. Andrew of Crete

Whoever bears the mark of a servant of Mary is already enrolled in the Book of Life.

St. Bonaventure

To serve Mary is a mark of eternal salvation to come.

St. Bernard
As many serve the Virgin as serve God.

St. Bernardine of Siena

Happy are the faithful slaves of the Queen of Heaven, for they shall enjoy true liberty!

St. Cecilia

To serve Mary and to be her courtier is the greatest honor we can possibly possess; for to serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there; and to live under her command is more than to govern.

St. John Damascene

Every Saint belongs to the court of the Queen of All Saints.

St. John Eudes

The servants of Mary are as sure of getting to Paradise as though they were already there. Who are they who are saved and who reign in Heaven? Surely those for whom the Queen of Mercy intercedes . .  . The clients of Mary will necessarily be saved.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

Angels constantly guard the clients of this Blessed Virgin from the assaults of Hell.

St. Gertrude the Great

Happy is he who lives under the protection of the Blessed Virgin.

St. John Mary Vianney

He who is devout to the Virgin Mother will certainly never be lost.

St. Ignatius of Constantinople

Rest confidently assured that whoever belongs to her will not be lost.

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe

No, he can never be lost who recommends himself to thee, my Mother; he alone is lost who does not have recourse to thee.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori
O Lady, he who honors thee will be far from damnation.

St. Bonaventure

If you love her, she will shower on you many graces in this life, and be an assurance to you of Heaven hereafter.

St. John Bosco
The future will be resplendent, and an untold number of souls will be saved, but on one condition: that your sons be devoted to the Blessed Virgin.
St. Dominic Savio

O Mary, you give assistance to everyone endeavoring to rise to God!

 St. Bridget of Sweden

If you are in danger, if your hearts are confused, turn to Mary; she is our comfort, our help; turn towards her and you will be saved.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Who, O Lady, ever faithfully employed your all powerful aid and was abandoned by you?

Pope St. Eutychian

O Blessed Mary, whoever loves you honors God; whoever serves you pleases God; whoever invokes your holy name with a pure heart will infallibly receive the object of his petition.

St. Bernard

I therefore command all my Brothers, those living now and those to come in the future, to venerate the Holy Mother of God, whom we always implore to be our Protectress, to praise her at all times, in all circumstances of life, with all the means in their power and with the greatest devotion and submission.

St. Francis of Assisi

O admirable Mother of God! How many sins have I committed for which thou hast obtained pardon for me, and how many others would I have committed if thou hadst not preserved me? How often have I seen myself on the brink of Hell in obvious danger of falling into it but for thy most benign hand which saved me? How often would the Roaring Lion of Hell have devoured and swallowed up my soul had not the charity of thy heart opposed him? Alas! Without thee, my dearest and my all-good Mother, where should I be today? I should be in the fiery furnace of Hell from which I would never emerge!

St. John Eudes

Would that everyone might know that I would be already damned if it were not for Mary!

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

Do you want certain salvation? Then have great devotion to the Virgin Mary. . . She will guarantee your salvation. She infallibly saves the one who honors her.

St. Sharbel Makhlouf

For she is an infinite treasure to men. They who use this treasure become the friends of God. Wisdom 7:14
God loves those who love her.

Ecclesiasticus 4:15

Most amiable Queen, I, a miserable sinner, also love thee, but I love thee too little. I desire to obtain a greater and more tender love for thee. Obtain this for me; because to love thee is a great sign of predestination and a grace which God does not grant except to those whom He will save . . . If thou dost not assist me, I shall be lost. No. No one can be lost who recommends himself to thee. In thy hands, therefore, do I place my eternal salvation and to thee do I consign my soul, which was lost, but which thou wilt save by thy holy intercession.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori


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