19. Mary: Source of Holiness

Catholic Position

¶2030 It is in the Church, in communion with all the baptized, that the
Christian fulfills his vocation. From the Church he receives the Word
of God containing the teachings of “the law of Christ.” From the Church
he receives the grace of the sacraments that sustains him on the “way.”
From the Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its
model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary; he discerns it in the
authentic witness of those who live it; he discovers it in the
spiritual tradition and long history of the saints who have gone before
him and whom the liturgy celebrates in the rhythms of the sanctoral

Scripture Says

Revelation 15:4
4  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou
only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for
thy judgments are made manifest.

Psalm 99:3, 9
3  Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
9  Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

Isaiah 6:3
3  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

1 Peter 1:15-16
15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Isaiah 43:15
15  Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.


  • Will you look to a sinful woman for your example of holiness?
  • Or will you look to God, your Maker, who is the source of true holiness?