I was away over the Christmas and just came back late on Sunday. One of the first things I did was to turn the page of my calendar from December to January. My calendar is an old one, I bought it in 2003 at the Monastery in Prouille when I made the Lands of Dominic trip. I keep it because it has large beautiful Fra Angelico images for each month.

January is an image of the Annunciation. It is a detail of the original fresco. It does not show the Angel, just Mary seated with her posture open, face and hands upturned. Waiting.

We have crossed the threshold into this new year, this new decade. I look at the image and wonder. Do I sit poised with anticipation, with openness to receive whatever this new year brings?

Time is a precious gift and such a mystery. At the threshold of each new day will I too sit in the morning stillness, attentively listening, waiting in deep silence for the voice of the angel? Will I recognize it? What is being asked of me? How will I respond?

Isabel Rafferty OP
Madison, WI


  1. Welcome Home and welcome to the New Year!


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