She is honored in shrines in virtually every country in the world. Pictures of her grace countless homes. Statues of her likeness abound in our churches. She is the subject of more paintings than any other person in the history of Western art. Songs and hymns have been composed about her in every age, and tales and legends about her life began springing up mere decades after she passed from this life. She is Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, the model of perfection and the holiest of all people.
Mary occupies such a commanding presence in our imaginations and plays such a pivotal role in salvation history that it can be easy to forget...
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