Let it Be

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

“Yet you do not blink.
In the intimacy of a bedchamber
Your soul is awakened from sleep,
Fragile flesh before angelic brilliance.
Your rumpled night sheets tossed aside,
You listen in peace with your whole self
To the question that will define history.
Holding its breath for your answer,
All heaven pauses.


Here it begins.
In such utter simplicity,
In quiet strength, at the appointed hour,
With the rippled rungs of time at your feet,
And the broad lines of history at your back.
At the balance of His grace in your will,
Eve reborn, humanity to be redeemed
Through a child, from a virgin
Whose name is Mary.”

                                              – Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ

Happy Monday,


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5 Responses to Let it Be

  1. Jo says:

    Thanks SO much for posting this… I loved and embraced it in yesterday’s sermon.

  2. Linda V says:

    Jim – I can see why you love this painting – it’s so human. Thank you for that wonderful sermon, and wishing you a joyful Christmas!

  3. Eileen says:

    What I like about this poem is its quiet tone and use of the second person…… you realize that the poet is speaking not only to Mary but to everyone, including himself, who has ever been shocked to awareness of a calling or a mission in life, with the sudden understanding that it won’t be easy and life won’t be what we’d (“you’d”) expected….but this is the way the poet hopes we and he might respond, as she allegedly did, with humility and courage.

  4. janice says:

    Wonderful painting and poem. Do you know Denise Levertov’s poem “annunciation”

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