“I have known almost no other mother than Mary Most Holy, and throughout my life I have received nothing but caresses from such a good Mother.”
Ven. Lanteri was convinced that it was necessary "in these times", in order to overcome errors, to turn to Mary. He often meditated on the triumph of Mary on the Devil and on every force contrary to the truth, because this expressed and reinvigorated his apostolic zeal for the diffusion and defence of the truth revealed by God and kept in the Magisterium of the Church.
Lanteri always insisted that “the Congregation of the Oblates is not my work, but the work of Mary Most Holy… She is its foundress, its mother, and its teacher.” Through the hands of Mary, the Oblates offer themselves totally to the Lord. Imitating Mary’s virtues, they pay special attention to the quality of all their actions, even the simplest tasks of daily life. They promote among the faithful a Marian piety with a doctrinal foundation solidly established in Sacred Scripture, in Tradition, and in the teaching of the Magisterium. Their devotion finds expression in the Oblate motto, Mariam cogita, Mariam invoca–“Think of Mary, invoke Mary.”