“When we look to Mary as mother and sister we can
easily imagine her as the first and perfect disciple to Jesus Christ. We see
the faith that led her throughout her life from that first announcement of her impending
pregnancy to the foot of the cross. Our Lady shows us how to be completely open
to God’s transforming power. She shows us how to listen to the Word. She shows
us what it means to wait in faithfulness.” —Cindy Perazzo, coordinator of Lay
Carmelites, “Hail Mary!”, Carmelite
Review, Fall 2013-Winter 2014 issue
The image accompanying this post is The
Annunciation (ca. 1485-92), by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli
(Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) (c.1445–1510).
The painting now hangs in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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