Following Mary’s example, the contemplative is a person centred in God. (VDQ 10)

"De Maria numquam satis"

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To speak of the mystery of the Annunciation is only stammering!
The grace of the place may reveals us some features.

 

Millions of pilgrims, for centuries, have approached the modest dwelling of Mary (the Grotte of the Annunciation) in the village of Nazareth. And nowadays, the bells of the Basilica of the Annunciation make resound, in our heart, the prayer of the Christian tradition:

- "The angel of the Lord carried the announcement to Mary and she conceived of the Holy Spirit
- Here is the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word
- And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us »

What happened in this "grotte" that has become so famous? What is its importance and fascination?

After centuries of Isaiah's prophecy about the " 'almâ " (Greek text: Parthenos) that will give birth to a son (Is 7,14 ...), after a patient and tireless preparation of God on behalf to his people , finally "toto orbe in pace composito" (the whole world was at peace), more than 2000 years ago, the eternal Father - by his heavenly messenger - leaned over a young girl (14-15 years old ??) named MARY, in the village then unknown of Nazareth, to propose to her to become the Mother of his Son! A proposal of immense scope ... and Marie is astonished and "troubled" (the word that Saint Luke uses here says "deeply trouble!) ... she planned to remain a virgin ... how would it be possible? With prudence and wisdom she questions; the angel enlightens and reassures her: "Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God, nothing is impossible for Him ... and then, as a humble servant of the Lord, she pronounces her " FIAT "- YES to the action of God in her and the Holy Spirit covers her with his shadow and the second Person of the adorable Trinity becomes incarnate in her bosom: the new Covenant begins: The Lord spoke at Sinai the Lord came to speak in this humble grotte of Nazareth. Mystery! Profound mystery for our human intelligence: a mystery that must be believed and adored.

Artists, poets, iconographers, mystics, saints and simple faithful like us, have reflected on this extraordinary and wonderful event of a God who wanted, for love, to be one of us in a unique and incomparable abasement; historical and divine event that theologians have never finished scrutinizing and it will be so forever because this mystery is unfathomable.

And since then, the unknown young girl of Nazareth became Mother of God (Theotokos), spouse of the Holy Spirit, delights of the Trinity, sanctuary of the divinity is the friend, the sister, the mother, the consoler, the inspiration, the refuge. Mary "gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to serve the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God's grace" (Catechism CC 494)

"In Mary is enclosed God, Himself, all the heaven and all creatures, and by the blood extracted from Mary everyone is saved" (Words of St. Mary Magdalene Pazzi)

Saint Bernard the lover of the Virgin said:

"De Maria, numquam satis..."
Of Mary never enough...

 

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