March 25th is the anniversary of the marian feast called the Annunciation. In it, we celebrate that when Mary was asked by God to become the mother of the Messiah, she accepted out of her deep love for God's will.
Celebrate the Annunciation
The Church has approved many private revelations. These approved private revelations do not have the stature of dogma. However, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that faithful Catholics may read approved private revelations to deepen their personal faith.
Text from the Gospel of Luke:
'In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.' -Luke 1:26-38
Questions Answered by Venerable Sister Mary of Agreda's book The Mystical City of God (click here)
1. Why was Mary full of grace?
God gave Mary throughout her life all the graces there is to give. And she had them to the full extent.
2. Why was Mary troubled at the angel's greeting?
Mary thought the angel might be a demon trying to flatter her. She thought she was the last woman God would chose to be the mother of the Messiah.
3. Why did Mary give a funny reply about not having relations when she was betrothed and would soon be married anyway?
Neither Mary nor Joseph had intentions to ever marry. They had given their lives to God. But Mary was an orphan in the care of the Temple and they had to give her in marriage to someone. Out of a group of bachelors who were in the city at that time, they ordered 33 year old Joseph to be her husband. When Mary and Joseph spoke with each other, they revealed their secret wishes to not marry. And since they both had the same intention, they were very happy that the Lord arranged their marriage through the Jewish priests.
Celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation: Go to church, say a prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (click here)
Note: See the slideshow below for a picture of the incorrupt body of Sister Mary of Agreda!
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