Yenra : Catholic Prayers : Mary and the Church

In the inspired Scriptures, what is said in a universal sense of the virgin mother, the Church, is understood in a particular sense of the Virgin Mary, and what is said in a particular sense of the virgin mother Mary is rightly understood in a general sense of the virgin mother, the Church. When either is spoken of, the meaning can be understood of both, almost without qualification.

In a way, every Christian is also believed to be a bride of God's Word, a mother of Christ, his daughter and his sister, at once virginal and fruitful. These words are used in a universal sense of the Church , in a special sense of Mary, in a particular sense of the individual Christian. They are used by God's Wisdom in person, the Word of the Father.

That is why Scripture says: "I will dwell in the inheritance of the Lord." The Lord's inheritance is, in a general sense, the Church; in a special sense, Mary; in an individual sense, the Christian. Christ dwelt for nine months in the tabernacle of Mary's womb. He dwells until the end of the ages in the tabernacle of the Church's faith. He will dwell for ever in the knowledge and love of each faithful soul.

Blessed Isaac of Stella, Abbott