Why imitate Virgin Mary? by Ambrose of Milan

“This is the model of virginity; in truth, such was Mary, whose life alone is sufficient to instruct everyone. So, if we find the author pleasing, let us approve the author’s work, so that whoever desires her same prize may imitate her example.
How many different virtues shine out in a single Virgin! Modest hiddenness, banner of faith, devout obedience.
She was a virgin in her home, a companion in service, a mother in the Temple.
Oh, how many virgins will she meet! How many will she embrace and bring to the Lord, saying,
“By her chastity, she has kept unstained the bridal chamber of my Son!”

Ambrose of Milan, De virginibus 2, 6-16; PL 16, 220-22

This quote can be understood in many ways. I will leave you to ponder its deep meaning.

If you are interested in more quotes on Virgin Mary, you can find them in Mary and the Fathers of the Church on Amazon in both in Kindle and paperback formats.


Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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