A Season of Lent: Saying Yes To God’s Will

Piety has anticipated all profanities…

“Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.” ( Luke 1:38)

Lenten Prayer: Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.  Ora Pro Nobis

Glory to God in the lowest” So writes Chesterton in his poem Gloria in Profundis. It is the glory of this fiat of Mary allowing God to be made flesh that withstands all blasphemy in order to triumph every time in every circumstance. Unlike Eve in a perfect garden, Mary in an imperfect world says ‘yes’. And everything is turned from our fall to His victory. Let the empty scoffers come. Reverence has triumphed. “Piety has anticipated all profanities.

“All that the most terrible blasphemer has to say is tame and timid compared with what we have to say. You may sweep the gutters for foul jokes, but you cannot say anything more frightful than that God was made flesh. Piety has anticipated all profanities. All the profane speakers I have ever heard have only been engaged in expounding and elaborating in detail, and perhaps with some dullness, the plain epigram of the Incarnation. The saints made the joke; the blasphemers only explain it. You may laugh if you see fit; but before you were the heavens laughed louder than you, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” – G. K. Chesterton, (London) “Daily News”, January 11, 1908

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