"The Angel sent by God finds the Virgin recollected in solitude, and "being come in," says to her: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." At these words, according to the sacred text, Mary is "troubled"; we must not, however, take this phrase to mean real disturbance, which destroys the peace of the spirit; it means rather a profound astonishment so great as to cause a kind of fear. This is Mary's first reaction to the angelical message, a reaction arising from her deep humility, which makes her think this extraordinary eulogy very strange." Divine Intimacy

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