"... the sweetness and the enchantment emanating from the sublime virtues of the immaculate Mother of God attract souls in an irresistible way to imitation of the divine model, Jesus Christ, of whom she was the most faithful image...
Mary's eminent sanctity was not only a singular gift of divine liberality. It was also the fruit of the continuous and generous cooperation of her free will in the inner motions of the Holy Spirit...
It can be asserted that the whole life of the humble handmaid of the Lord, from the moment when she was greeted by the Angel, until her assumption in body and soul to heavenly glory, was a life of loving service.
We therefore, associating ourselves with the Evangelists, with the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church, full of admiration, contemplate Mary:
Apostolic Exhortation Signum Magnum, May 13, 1967, part I)