Love and Mercy: Faustina


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"Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." — Lk 1:28

Today, the Church observes the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. We don't know what Mary was doing at the time, but Mary's day is interrupted by the messenger of God, the Archangel Gabriel.

Do you think of this Solemnity as an interruption? How does the Annunciation fit in with our Lenten preparation? It looks ahead to the salvation that would come through her Son:

Mary gave her consent in faith at the Annunciation and maintained it without hesitation at the foot of the Cross (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2674).

Her faithfulness and its fruitfulness, however, extend beyond that one moment (emphasis added):

"This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect" (CCC, 969).


Her consent to God made her the Mother of Jesus, but also the Mother of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. From Heaven, the Blessed Virgin continues her fiat to God. We are blessed that we can call on her assistance this Lent and throughout all our days.

Prayer: Hail, Mary, full of grace ... .

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