Annunciation and Declaration

Today is the feast of the Annunciation, commemorating the encounter between the Archangel Gabriel and the young maiden Mary, when Gabriel announced that Mary would conceive the child Jesus.Whether the Annunciation be a miracle or a myth, it's a powerful story that is well worth our consideration. It's a story about call, about vocation, about how our individual destinies¬† or life purposes are knit together in a larger, grander, cosmic story. I'm reminded of the song "Terrapin Station" by … [Read more...]

Dream Devotion

Last night I dreamt that I was instructed to offer a brief devotion to Mary four times a day whenever I was unable to pray the full Daily Office. When I woke up, I couldn't remember all the details, although I knew that the Memorare and the Salve Regina were two of the four prayers. In reflecting on the dream, I recalled that the Magnificat is typically prayed in early evening and the Angelus at noon, so perhaps those two prayers ought to be included as well. In Cistercian spirituality the Salve … [Read more...]