Lubowicki writes: “At seventeen, Eugene arrived at Palermo where he stayed for four years. That is where he acquired his convictions concerning the Immaculate Conception and the Christocentric aspect of Marian devotion. While he was at the seminary and the question of the Immaculate Conception would arise, he would remember Palermo. In the margin of his notebook with regard to this dogma, on the page containing the testimony of tradition as given by his professor, the seminarian added:
The Archbishops of Palermo and all the officials of this great city renew every year the oath to shed the last drop of their blood to uphold this truth.
Traité des péchés, p. 3., Ms.: Oblate General Archives, DM-III 4.
His other memory deals with the feast known as “The Triumph of the Redemption”. In his Diary of Emigration, two pages are filled with the description of the procession in which among the New Testament personages Mary is ever present beside Christ or associated with him. It seems that Eugene was accustomed to seeing her in the perspective of salvation.”
Casimir Lubowicki, “Mary” in the Dictionary of Oblate Values, http://www.omiworld.org/dictionary.asp?v=9&ID=1056&let=M&pag=4
“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.” Saint Louis Marie de Montfort