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because she said yes
"Mary said a total yes to God. Thus she lived enclosure in His will fully.... All her plans for her life were put aside in favor of God’s. Mary carried Jesus within her and she gave Him to the world - thus she is the perfect cloistered heart...." (from 'The Cloistered Heart,' p. 60)
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior. For He has looked upon His servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed. God Who is mighty has done great things for me; holy is His Name…" (words of Mary in Luke 1:46-50).
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