"The Christian life begins with a fact, not an idea. It begins with something that happens at a particular place and moment...Mary was the first to experience the fulfillment of the promises made to Israel, the promises of Advent. Through her freedom, preserved from the wound of sin, the Salvation of the world became a child in her womb... what happened on the day of the Annunciation is meant to occur every day of our lives. This is Christianity's fundamental claim. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the gift of Mary's freedom, the salvation of the world- Jesus Christ- enters into the very structure of our human world. It is good to begin every day reciting the 'Angelus,' praying that what happened then will happen to us."
~Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, reflection on Lk 1:26-38