Having been destined to become
the Mother of the Eternal Word,
this child was enriched with so great a grace that,
even at the moment
of Her Immaculate Conception,
she exceeded all the Saints and Angels in sanctity,
for she was given a higher order of grace,
which corresponded to her dignity
as Mother of God.
She was born a great saint!
Mary's soul was the most beautiful soul
that God ever created.
How delightful a sight to heaven and earth
must have been
the beautiful soul of this happy child!
Let us rejoice with our beloved infant
who was born so holy,
so dear to God,
and so full of grace.
- St. Alphonsus de Liguori