15 beautiful quotes to help you ponder Mary

During this special month dedicated to Mary and her Rosary, these words remind us of how much she means to so many people—Christians and non-Christians alike.

As a Marian month and the Month of the Most Holy Rosary—a time when Catholics are called upon to pray the rosary daily—it’s fitting that we would turn our minds to the Virgin in October. Mary’s grace, courage, and wisdom have stirred Christian hearts for millennia. From a young age, Catholics are taught to think about and revere her. They ask Mary to pray for them when they are scared or need guidance or first begin atoning for their sins (however minor the sins of little ones may be.) Even for non-Christians, Mary serves as a universal symbol of a mother’s unconditional love and sacrifice. Last fall, National Geographic deemed Mary the world’s most powerful woman. She is simply a female role model recognized everywhere.

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Coincidentally, October is also the Month of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness. Though this special observance was declared by President Ronald Reagan and not any Christian church or organization, its tie to Mary is clear. She embodies all of the ideals of a selfless mother—a woman who went from afraid to truly accepting and passionate about the life within her. October is a month with strong historical and liturgical ties to Mary, as well as a mothers everywhere. That includes mothers who have suffered miscarriages or lost their children in stillbirth as much as it does mothers whose children will be born happy and healthy.

As you reflect on Mary and motherhood this month, we hope that these powerful quotes will inspire you as a woman and a lover of God.

Thanks to our expert sources for contributing their favorite Marian quotes, as well as their own statements about the Blessed Mother: Dr. Mark Miravalle, Professor of Mariology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, author of Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon; Bridget Curran, author of The Miracles of Mary: Everyday Encounters of Beauty and Grace; Michael O’Neill, author of Miracle Hunter; Fr. Peter R. Stryker, pastor of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Algoma, Wisconsin; Fr. François Rossier, S.M., executive director of the International Marian Research Institute; and Fr. Edward Looney, author and expert on OL Good Help.

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