“We are always struck by the strength of that young woman’s ‘yes,’ the words ‘be it done’ that she spoke to the angel. This was not merely passive or resigned acceptance or a faint ‘yes’ as if to say, ‘Well, let’s give it a try, and see what happens.’ It was something else, something different. It was the ‘yes’ of someone prepared to be committed and take a risk, ready to stake everything she had, with no more security than the certainty of knowing that she was the bearer of a promise. Hers would undoubtedly be a difficult mission, but the challenges that lay ahead were no reason to say ‘no.’ Things would get complicated, of course, but not in the same way as happens when cowardice paralyzes us because things are not clear or sure in advance. The ‘yes’ and the desire to serve were stronger than any doubts and difficulties.”

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Pope Francis

Address of the Holy Father during the 2019 WYD Saturday Prayer Vigil in Panama

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