Let it be to me according to your word, Mary: Day 203

Let it be to me according to your wordSt. John of Damascus ponders the intentions behind Mary’s words to Gabriel at the Annunciation.“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). Mary considered what this greeting might mean. Then the angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Lk 1:30). In fact, she who was wor- thy of grace had found it. She found grace, the one who had done the deeds of grace, and had reaped its fullness. She found grace, th … [Read more...]

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God waited for Mary’s consent, Mary: Day 202

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God waited for Mary’s consentWhen Gabriel announced that Mary had been chosen to bear God’s Son, did she really have a choice in the matter? Fr. Frederick W. Faber considers the matter.Mary’s created spirit was busied in adoration when the Uncreated came, and took his Flesh and Blood, and dwelt within her. Yet his coming was not abrupt. He sent his messenger before he came himself.But what is the special purpose for which the messenger has come? To ask in the name of God for Mary’s co … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Christopher Villiers

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Christopher Villiers is a British theologian and freelance writer who has written about religious matters for a wide variety of publications, both academic and popular. He holds the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theology from Durham University, United Kingdom, with a specialization in the history of Christian doctrine. His postgraduate thesis addressed the Divine impassibility in the theology of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, with reference to modern theological debates on divine impassibility d … [Read more...]

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Why did Gabriel’s words trouble Mary?, Mary: Day 201

Why did Gabriel’s words trouble Mary?St. Alphonsus considers the various possible reasons why the angelic greeting to Our Lady would have troubled her.“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles him- self will be exalted” (Mt 23:12). These are the words of our Lord, and they can- not fail. When God determined to become man, he had to choose a mother on earth, and he sought among women for the one who was not just the most holy, but the most humble.It was revealed to S … [Read more...]

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“Behold the handmaid of the Lord!”, Mary: Day 200

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord!”St. Alphonsus finds in Mary’s response to the angelic greeting an expression of her great humility.Let’s consider the great humility of the Blessed Virgin in her answer to the angel Gabriel. She was fully enlightened as to the greatness of the dignity of a Mother of God. She had already been assured by the angel that she was this happy mother chosen by our Lord. But with all this, she in no way rises in her own estimation. She doesn’t stop to rejoice in h … [Read more...]

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Blessed is the fruit of your womb!, Mary: Day 199

Blessed is the fruit of your womb!St. Thomas Aquinas carefully examines, in his usual systematic way, the meaning of St. Elizabeth’s declaration: “Blessed is the fruit of your womb!”The sinner sometimes seeks in a thing what he cannot obtain there, while the righteous man obtains it. Thus Eve sought in the fruit, but did not find there, all the things that she desired. But the Blessed Virgin finds in her fruit, Jesus, everything that Eve desired. For Eve desired three things from the frui … [Read more...]

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