We will be looking at the Annunciation to discuss Mary as a model of discernment and focus particularly on joy and how words and actions correspond with a heart for God. Joy is the virtue that is an appropriate response to doing the will of God, because the only thing God wants is our happiness and joy.
- What do you think holds people back from being “good” examples?
- Do you think you settle for pleasure instead of joy? How do you see this in your life?
- When do you hold back from prayer? From praising God publicly? Why?
- Discernment of your vocation: How does Mary’s Magnificat help you to discern?
“Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God and not herself” -Pope Benedict XVI