- Jan 19, 2021
Early in the morning, in the chapel of his residence, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the feast of the Annunciation and paid tribute to women religious, especially those caring for the sick during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Annunciation — the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God’s son — was such a tremendous, history-changing event that preaching about it is extremely difficult, Pope Francis said.
For Catholics, the first Sunday of Advent, Jan. 1, and March 25 are all in one way or another the beginning of a new year, so in the Church there are really three occasions, not just one, for belting out ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and throwing the confetti.
As the believer’s own salvation can oftentimes be a mystery even to herself, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the salvation of the Mother of God is covered by the same veil of mystery with the at-time confounding doctrine of “prevenient” grace.