Mary is a living person, right now. The fact that she has always been free from sin doesn't make her any less human. Mary's immaculate heart is a profoundly human heart. The purity of Mary gave her, from the beginning, an aspiration that was utterly genuine, a vital space where God Himself could dwell with the human race. Mary is mother of God and mother of each one of us.
Let us remember the closeness of Mary, the tenderness in the way she looks at us. She understands each of us, and knows how to shape us and foster our growth. She makes our lives into a home where Jesus dwells. The Holy Spirit lives in her. He works powerfully through her intercession. She holds us “in the crossing of her arms,” in her heart, and it is there that the Holy Spirit forms the new life of Christ in us.