He brought our blessed Lady to mind. In my mind I saw her face as if she breathed–a simple, humble girl, not much more than a child; at the age she was when she conceived. God showed me, too, in part, the wisdom and truth of her soul, so that I understood the reverence she felt before God her Maker and how she marveled that he would be born of her–a simple soul that he himself had made. It was this wisdom and this truth in her that showed her the greatness of her Maker and the smallness of herself whom he had made. And it was this that made her say so humbly to Gabriel, ‘Behold God’s handmaid.’ By this I know surely that she is higher in worth and grace than anyone that God has made. For no one that is made is above her, except the blessed humanity of Christ.
~~Julian of Norwich