"Mary confesses that the foremost work God did for her was that He regarded her, which is indeed the greatest of His works, on which all the rest depend and from which they all derive. For where it comes to pass that God turns His face toward one to regard him, there is nothing but grace and salvation, and all gifts and works must follow. . . And that Mary herself regards this as the chief thing, she indicates by saying: 'Behold, since He has regarded me, all generations will call me blessed.'"
- Martin Luther (AE 21:321)