In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, retreatants imagine the mystery of the Incarnation. They take time to picture the Trinity looking over the entire surface of the earth, watching people making disastrous choices, hurting one another, and making a general mess of things. The Trinity begins nodding to one another: It’s time. They commission a powerful angel to visit Mary, to ask her permission for the second Person of the Trinity to become a human being. They request a simple woman to birth the Savior of humanity, which is incapable of saving itself. God had this incredible plan all along. And it depended on a woman saying yes.
—Excerpted from 2022: A Book of Grace-Filled Days