Take in the photo above. Isn't she lovely?
At the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama, the theme was taken from the Gospel of Luke: "Here am I, the servant of the Lord. Let it be done unto me according to your word" (Luke 1:38). During our overnight vigil with Pope Francis, we had the opportunity to be in Eucharistic Adoration with him, and this was the monstrance: Our Lady holding the Blessed Sacrament (her son!!) in her hands. I could not stop looking at her.
In this episode, which comes out on the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25), I take the time to unpack the significance of the event of the Annunciation: where the extraordinary transcends the ordinary, where the salvation of the world comes into the womb of a humble woman, where we are constantly invited to join in God's plan of salvation history.
Mary's fiat, or her yes, allowed for all of us to be where we are now. While she was born without sin, she was still a girl with dreams, desires, and fears. What can the Lord do with our fiat?
Take a listen to the episode here:
"Sometimes we put Mary in this box...because she was conceived without sin, she had no fear. Obviously, she would have said yes. But I think that sometimes we fail to remember that she was still human." — Rachel Wong
Reminisce with me, won't you? Here is the theme song of the 2019 World Youth Day recorded by Fr. Rob Galea, which is based on Luke 1:38 .
I mentioned Marian consecration during this episode! If you are interested, you can learn more about Fr. Michael Gaitley and his book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, here.
During this difficult time, I want to pray for you! You can share your personal prayer intentions with me here.