(Feast of the Annunciation, Our Lady)
THE Archangel Gabriel arrives, the bearer of the great message. He enters and salutes Mary, saying: Hail, full of grace; the Lord is with thee.
But what does the humble Mary answer to a salutation so full of praises? Nothing: she remains silent, but, reflecting upon it, is troubled. Why is she troubled? Her trouble arises entirely from her humility, which is disturbed at the sound of praises far exceeding her own lowly estimate of herself.
From Thoughts from St Alphonsus for Every Day
Compiled by Rev. C. McNeiry, C.SS.R.
Imprimatur: Joseph Hull, C.SS.R., Prov. Angl. Sup.
Nihil Obstat: Innocentlus Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor Deptutatus.
Imprimatur: Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius Generalis.
Westmonasterii, Die 9a Junii, 1927.
First published 1927