We’re off to Charleston today for the ordination of our new bishop. Do you like this painting of the Annunciation by Collier? Working with middle school girls it helps me to see the purity and power and grace of the Blessed Virgin in them.

I like the natural symbols in the picture. The door that only she can open, the window, the classical design of the architecture hinting that she who is the temple stands by a temple. The lilies and see how she stands on a welcome mat?
“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any one opens the door I will come in and dine with him and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20)