The Annunciation: Our Union with Mary Modeled by Blessed Conchita Cabrera, by Kathleen Beckman

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By Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange, March 24, 2023

For twenty-five years, and in thirteen countries, Kathleen Beckman has served in the Church’s ministry of evangelization through Catholic radio and television, writing and speaking. Sophia Institute Press has published her four books including the newest, A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare: Strategies for Deliverance and Healing.


Avatar photoAs the universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation on March 25, we are liturgically led to ponder the gift, beauty, and mission of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her yes to God’s plan for the Incarnation was intimately personal to Mary and infinitely universal to the Church.

Mary deigned to receive the message of the Angel. She pondered without fully comprehending the invitation. She gracefully responded, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).” These words welled up from the depths of her soul steeped in the contemplation of God’s Word. She meditated on the Jewish scriptures. She believed and prayed for God’s intervention for the promised Messiah. While God looked with favor on Mary’s lowliness, she looked only at Him who was calling her to arise to mission.   

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