a person is an irreducible mystery

So Eve, and the ark, and the queen mother give us glimpses of the great reality that is Mary. She, then, must be our goal as we study her types. For she was and she remains a real, living person; and a person is an irreducible mystery, not the sum of his or her symbols. Paul was moved by the way Jesus was foreshadowed in Adam; but Paul was in love with Jesus Christ. So we must come to know and love Mary herself as she is illuminated by her biblical types. This is not something optional for Christians. It is not something ornamental in the gospel.

From Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Scott Hahn, pages 90 to 91.

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