In Mary we do not see the Lord, but we see her always by the Lord’s side
Her service is rendered directly to Him: through the prayer of intercession, she intercedes with Him for humankind; she receives from His hands graces to be bestowed and does indeed transmit them. She does not represent the Lord but assists Him. Her position is thus analogous to that of Eve by the side of the first Adam. But Mary is beside Jesus not for His sake but for ours.
Saint Edith Stein
Problems of Women’s Education
Lectures for 1932 Summer Semester, German Institute for Scientific Pedagogy
Essays On Woman Edited by Dr. Lucy Gelber and Romaeus Leuven, OCD; Translated by Freda Mary Oben, Ph.D. The Collected Works of Edith Stein, Book 2 (p. 29) ICS Publications, Washington D.C. © Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites, Inc.