Mary, our Alpine Guide

“Mary is not the figure and model of the Church in the human terms of models who stand still to be photographed or painted and the more they stand still the better they are. Mary is an active model, helping us to imitate her. She is like an Alpine guide who has gotten over a difficult pass and waits for those following to go ahead, and if they can’t manage, goes back to give them a hand. She gives them a hand, especially in this final “pass” of leaving our self-love behind to entire into God’s love. She teaches us the great art of loving God.”

–Father Raniero Cantalamessa


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