She was a person of discernment, full of the love of God,
because our Lord does not dwell where there is no love.
When the Great King desired to come to our place,
He dwelt in the purest shrine of all the earth because it pleased Him.
He dwelt in a spotless womb which was adorned with virginity,
and with thoughts which were worthy of holiness.
…Since a woman like her had never been seen,
an amazing work was done in her which was the greatest of all.
A daughter of men was sought among women;
she was chosen who was the fairest of all.
The holy Father wanted to make a mother for his Son,
but He did not allow that she be his mother because of his choice.
Maiden, full of beauty hidden in her and around her,
and pure of heart that she might see the mysteries which had come to pass in her.
This is beauty, when one is beautiful of one’s own accord;
glorious graces of perfection are in her will.
However great be the beauty of something from God,
it is not acclaimed if freedom is not present.
The sun is beautiful but is not praised by spectators,
because it is known that its will does not give it light.
Whoever is beautiful of his own accord and possesses beauty,
on this account he is truly acclaimed if he is beautiful.
Even God loves beauty which is from the will;
He praises a good will whenever this has pleased Him.