The Mystery of the Incarnation

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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

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Loretta Pehanich
Loretta Pehanich is a Catholic freelance writer and the author of 2022: A Book of Grace-Filled Days, Women in Conversation: Stand Up!, and Fleeting Moments: Praying When You Are Too Busy. A spiritual director since 2012, Loretta is trained in giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Her involvement in ministry and parish life includes 20 years in small faith-sharing groups and Christian Life Community. Loretta gives retreats and presentations on prayer and women’s spirituality and is commissioned as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. She and her husband Steve have four children and 10 grandchildren.

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