This book is an attempt to interpret the symbolic significance of woman. The author takes the position that the pictorial aspect of religion and its figurative, visual presentation in a special measure has been entrusted to woman. In the light of this philosophical and mystical point of view, the author goes on to interpret the pre-eminent position given to the Virgin Mary in the life and thought of the Roman Catholic Church and the various doctrines which that church teaches concerning her -- such as the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption. Likewise, an interpretation of the Catholic position regarding marriage and motherhood is given in the light of the thesis that woman is a special vehicle for the mediation of the grace of God. A thoughtful book written for Catholic readers.