“Let it be done unto me according to your word.”
“The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
Walsingham spirituality is that of the Annunciation, of Mary’s fiat and the resulting Incarnation of the Son of God. It is a vocational and incarnational spirituality which, when lived in depth, will produce the saints that the Church and society needs in this third millennium.
It is this “yes” to the divine will that allows the Word to become flesh in us, so that each one of us may become “another humanity” for Christ (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity ODC) and live in true interior freedom. Hence, the logo for Dowry House: the Word was made flesh and lives among us. This brings about the heavenly kingdom, where God’s will is fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven. When this abandonment to Divine Providence is lived with the joyful thanksgiving of Mary’s Magnificat, we give joy and glory to the Trinity, and become the saints that we are called to be. We journey from the moment of the Incarnation at the Annunciation to the missionary outreach of the Visitation; giving birth to Christ first in our hearts and then in the lives of others.
Mary teaches us what it means to say “yes” to God’s love in our life. It is she who models the accepting, doing and surrendering to God’s Will so that we can live moment by moment in the Divine Will, in whatever state of life we find ourselves in. This is the gift that Walsingham has for each one of us. Then like Mary, by conceiving Christ in our hearts, the Word can become flesh in us, and then we will be effective evangelisers and missionary disciples of the Gospel.
“The truth is that only in the mystery of the Incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light… Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear.”
(Gaudium et Spes 22)