Monday, November 30, 2009


Am I virgin enough to respond to Mystery with a "yes" from my deepest, truest self?

Reading the day's piece by Kathleen Norris in Watch for the Light - Readings for Advent and Christmas, I appreciate the poet's perspective Norris brings to the Annunciation. Against the popular demystifying and demythologizing trends of our era, Norris suggests Christians accept the mystery and embrace a greater sense of what it means to be virgin.

Norris points to Thomas Merton's description of a "point vierge" at the center of his being, "a point untouched by illusion, a point of pure truth...which belongs entirely to God , which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point...of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us."  This, Norris suggests, is the virginity out of which we can all respond to God's invitation to cooperate in the divine conspiracy.

Norris: "I treasure [the Annunciation] story because it forces me to ask: When the mystery of God's love breaks through into my consciousness, do I run from it? Do I ask of it what it cannot answer? Shrugging, do I retreat into facile cliches, the popular but false wisdom of what 'we all know?' Or am I virgin enough to respond from my deepest, truest self, and say something new, a 'yes' that will change me forever?"

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