The Annunciation

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Men know the horrors of wars and the violence attendant to them.

And yet much of human history has been written in blood with conquering armies:
the conquests of Alexander, the legions of Caesar, the elephant-mounted warriors of Hannibal, the thundering hordes of Attila the Hun, the imperial cohorts of Napoleon, the panzers of Hitler, the shock and awe of Desert Storm. Even now, war drums are beating in many places, specially those where terrorism is rampant.

When God worked to change human history, he came to a frail young girl and told her that cosmic salvation would happen through her. One can imagine how totally perplexed that young girls was. Her response was just as world-changing in its simplicity and humility: “Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

Indeed God chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. And that young girl is now a lady who has not stopped doing God’s work even to this day: Lourdes in France, Fatima in Portugal, Guadalupe in Mexico, La Vang in Vietnam, Lipa in the Philippines.

 

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