Among the various characterizations of Mary, I find myself repeatedly drawn to Mary as the Second Eve in parallel to St. Paul’s reference to Christ as the Second Adam (Rom 5:12, 15; I Cor 15:45, 47).
All the sacraments are traumatic for us. Our body is no longer completely our own, our present is interrupted by a foretaste of the eschatological banquet, and the sacraments ultimately are beyond any adequate verbal description.
Gabriel announced that Mary was chosen, not that she was already pregnant.
The Catholic Church is broken in a way that only Jesus can heal. But I have a suggestion for what might help.
The blessed Virgin received the rays of “the sun” when she conceived the Lord. That is, the divinity of our Redeemer cloaked itself with the covering of human nature as with a shade, and by this means a virgin’s womb was able to bear him.
Mascall provides a profound reflection on the theology of the Incarnation, bursting with insights from St. Leo and St. Augustine.