Handbook Ch. 39, No. 1
April 7, 2016
Monday was the feast of the Annunciation, it is normally celebrated on March 25, nine months before December 25. It was delayed this year because March 25 was Good Friday. March 25 is special for Ave Maria. It is Tom Monahan's birthday. The Oratory is aligned with the sun rise on March 25. It was at the Annunciation that our redemption began. The Angel Gabriel said,
This troubled Mary she had questions. The Angel explained that she was to become pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.
And the word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. Jesus was conceived. Mary became pregnant.
Mary was accepting a cross. The culture was not kind to unwed pregnant teen-age girls at that time. Stoning was common. Her life was to be one of suffering, sorrow, and terror.
At Communion we also accept Jesus into our body. Jesus says that we must carry a cross if we want to follow Him.
In being a Christian and accepting Jesus we should do our duty, accept our crosses and echo Mary's words,