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"Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee" Part Two of the Annunciation Sermon

This is the conclusion of Sister's homily. We wish you a blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation! Because Mary was conceived without original sin, sometimes people suggest that she knew everything that what was going to happen for the rest of her life after Gabriel came to her—particularly, of course, the death and resurrection of Jesus. I don’t believe this was the case. If you know everything that will happen in advance, your obedience is more like submission to some greater power than an act of free will. Obedience is not bracing yourself for the next terrible thing you know about in advance, or rejoicing because you know something good is coming. It is like a wedding vow: “for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health…” Or like a religious vow. You make your vow of obedience until death, and then you trust God to lead you in all His ways. There are only so many questions you can ask before you realize that you either have faith in God, or you don’t. Mar…

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