Thought for the Day – 3 October – The First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation

Thought for the Day – 3 October – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

“Month of the Holy Rosary”
The First Joyful Mystery
The Annunciation

“The Angel reassures Mary, “Do not be afraid Mary, for thou hast found grace with God …” (Lk 1:30).
Thou shall conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son … Jesus … the Son of the Most High … the Son of God” (Cf Lk 1:31-36).

The Virgin remains humble and thoughtful.
She asks frankly how she can become the Mother of God, when she has resolved to remain a virgin for the rest of her life.
The Angel reveals to her the tremendous Mystery by which, the Holy Ghost will descend upon her and the power of the Most High will overshadow her.

Only when Mary understood that this was the will of God and that the privilege of the Divine Motherhood would be compatible with the other privilege of virginal purity, did she utter the momentous words: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word” (Lk 1:38).

Let us bow our proud heads before the Virgin, the humblest and most exalted of creatures, (Dante, Paradiso XXXIII 2-3).
Let us learn from her, to love purity above all things and to be prepared to make any sacrifice, rather than lose this beautiful virtue.

Antonio Cardinal Bacci




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