From the Marianist Tradition

We are accused of pompously eulogizing Mary and are blamed for the honor we render her. I do not refer to the impious, but rather to the poorly instructed Christians who do not know the gift of God in this miracle of His omnipotence. Can we really assert too much, do too much, provided we do not declare her equal to the Divinity, provided we make a distinction between her veneration and that of the Divinity? What has God said of Mary? What has He done for her? He is our Model!

– W. Joseph Chaminade

"Our filial piety is apostolic. We must preach this characteristic, for our students ought to become apostles. It is noteworthy at this point to observe that the two qualities of our devotion -- that it is Christocentric and apostolic -- are the very ones needed to satisfy the ambitions of modern Catholic youth. They constitute a must in our Marian teaching. A Marianist school whose alumni have but a rudimentary knowledge of Mary's privileges and functions, and a devotedness equal to, or perhaps inferior to that of graduates from other Catholic schools, has failed in its mission; it has failed our Lord and the Blessed Virgin, and it has lost its reason for existence."

– Emil Neubert, S.M., OUR GIFT FROM GOD, p. 260
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