"Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of
Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment."
"From such a life 'poured out' without reserve there spreads a fragrance which fills
the whole house. The house of God, the Church, today no less than in the past, is
adorned and enriched by the presence of the consecrated life....
"'If any of God's children were to know and taste divine love, the uncreated God,
the incarnate God, the God who endured suffering, the God who is the supreme good,
they would give themselves completely to him, they would withdraw not only from other creatures but even from their very selves, and with all their being would love this God
of love to the point of being completely transformed into the God-man, who is the
supreme Beloved'." ~ Vita Consecrata 104