On the passage from, "My soul magnifies the Lord," up to the point where it says, "He gave strength to those who fear him."
ELIZABETH PROPHESIES before John; before the birth of the Lord and Savior, Mary prophesies. Sin began from the woman and then spread to the man. In the same way, salvation had its first beginnings from women.1. Thus the rest of women can also lay aside the weakness of their sex and imitate as closely as possible the lives and conduct of these holy women whom the Gospel now describes. Let us consider the Virgin's prophecy. She says, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior."2. Two subjects, "soul" and "spirit," carry out a double praise. The soul praises the Lord, the spirit praises God. This is not because the praise of the Lord differs from the praise of God, but because he who is God is also Lord, and he who is Lord is also God.
2. We ask how a soul can magnify the Lord.3. The Lord can undergo neither increase nor loss. He is what he is. Thus, why does Mary now say, "My soul magnifies the Lord"? I need to consider that the Lord and Savior is "the image of the invisible God,"4. and realize that my soul is made "in the Creator's image,"5. so that it is an image of the Image. My soul is not directly____________________