There are so many annunciations; God makes so many overtures to us all day long, trying to get our attention. There are so many invitations to embrace our fears, our inner loneliness as privileged places of encounter with as much courage as the Virgin Mary, who allowed herself to be invaded, tenderly overshadowed by Mystery, a Mystery who loves us beyond all telling to
...believe beyond believing,
That life can spring from (fear and) death;
That growth can flower from our grieving;
That we can...turn transfixed by faith.
Let us step quietly, perhaps even a bit forlornly, into this place of deep trust.Photograph by Father Emmanuel. Lines from the Advent hymn Each Winter as the Year Grows Older.