annunciation-merodeMy latest article at Aleteia continues my series Angels of Advent 

This week the angel is Gabriel, who appeared to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation

The unique truth of Christianity is that God reveals himself as Love. This love, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches, is the energy force that binds together the three persons of the Holy Trinity. It is also, as Dante has written, “the force that moves the sun and all the other stars.”

The story of the Annunciation is probably the most familiar and famous account of an angelic encounter. The Virgin Mary is visited by Gabriel, the messenger from God, who invites her response to the news that she will bear God’s son. Her humble and simple “Let it be to me according to your word” echoes down through the ages as a response not of mindless submission, but of a simple love to the invitation by the greatest Love.

The article explores the background of the Scottish poet Edwin Muir’s famous poem on the Annunciation.

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