OPEN TO THE SPIRIT (LUKE 1:26-38) The whirlwind of God's spirit finds Mary open and sensitive to the "Good News" of the Incarnation. Mary's disposition at the Annunciation is one of discernment followed by a firm commitment. Her participation in God's plan of salvation is a joyful (Magnificent) and total dedication (Servant of the Lord) to the "Spirit of Recreation." This disposition of Mary is the basis for Chaminade's spiritual method. Chaminade taught his disciples the importance of silence: silence of words, of signs, of the imagination, of the mind and of the passions. Here is the reason why the artist called this bas-relief, "The Annunciation of the Silences."
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