OUR LADY IS THE MORNING STAR
"Mary is the noble Star rising from the house of Jacob, whose rays illuminate the whole world... For just as a star once led the three wise men to Jesus as he lay in a stable in Bethlehem, so will this Morning Star, shining with the ten rays of these evangelical virtues, lead us to Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly kingdom" (Venerable Fr. Casimir Wyszynski).
FROM "MULIERIS DIGNITATEM"
"A human being, whether male or female, is a person, and therefore, the only creature on earth which God willed for its own sake; and at the same time this unique and unrepeatable creature cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of self. Here begins the relationship of communion in which the unity of the two and the personal dignity of both man and woman find expression" (Blessed John Paul II).
FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE
"And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Revelation 12:1).
MEA CULPA, MEA MAXIMA CULPA
"It is not because God loves them that He has allowed [the Muslims] to enter into the kingdoms of the Christians, but by reason of the iniquity and sin which is wrought by the Christians" (Solomon of Basra, circa 1220).