The Word Among Us

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Develop Your Spiritual Instincts

Mary shows us how to be “full of grace.”

Let Works of Mercy Be Our Delight

The angel Gabriel greeted Mary with these words: “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Then, as if underlining the point, he told her, “You have found favor with God” (Luke 1:28-30). What is this “favor”?

The Greek word for it here is charis. It is a very rich word that can also mean “charm” or “loveliness.

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