UNBORN WORD of the day

The Annunciation…God himself “attempts to calm people’s hearts”
August 15, 2007, 8:32 pm
Filed under: John Paul II, The Incarnation


Genevieve Kineke has pointed out in her blog that the Pontifical Council for the Laity is encouraging the faithful worldwide to observe the 20th anniversary of John Paul II’s document Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Woman) in the coming year (2008). For more information go to The Dignity of Woman website.

Here are two beautiful quotes from this document that speak of the Annunciation in beautiful and human terms:

“It may be easy to think of this event (the Annunciation) in the setting of the history of Israel, the Chosen People of which Mary is a daughter, but it is also easy to think of it in the context of all the different ways in which humanity has always sought to answer the fundamental and definitive questions which most beset it. Do we not find in the Annunciation at Nazareth the beginning of that definitive answer by which God himself “attempts to calm people’s hearts”?” # 3

“Grace never casts nature aside or cancels it out, but rather perfects it and ennobles it. Therefore the “fullness of grace” that was granted to the Virgin of Nazareth, with a view to the fact that she would become “Theotókos”, also signifies the fullness of the perfection of “what is characteristic of woman”, of “what is feminine”. Here we find ourselves, in a sense, at the culminating point, the archetype, of the personal dignity of women.” #5

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