And found a fascinating footnote: Better christians today because of mary. Cole) 10, iii, p. [t]he word himself, coming into the blessed virgin herself, assumed for himself his own temple from the substance of the virgin and came forth from her a man in all that could be externally discerned, while interiorly he was true god. This was not an average brady bunch middle class comfy-cozy family.
What does the bible state?
This is the church, and its birth was painful. Anthologies of patristic spirituality prove that jesus christ, not mary, was the ideal of virginity held up to monks and nuns from the beginning.