By Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong (1-27-12)
Luke 1:26, 28 (RSV: non-Catholic version): . . . the angel Gabriel . . .  . . . came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"
Luke 1:41-42, 45 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit  and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" . . .  "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."
[Elizabeth is described in 1:6 as "righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless"]
Luke 1:47-48 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,  for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
Luke 11:27 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!"