Trust and confidence in God, which Mary lived supremely, is the hallmark of authentic spirituality. It is a call to become a child and trust in God our father. As saint Francis de Sales puts it: "We are related to God by such close alliance and such loving dependence that nothing prevents us from saying that he is our father and from him calling us his children."
Nowhere in the teachings of Jesus are we given a technique to follow; instead Jesus praises the poor in spirit. He encourages a childlike attitude towards God and openness to receive in faith. Truly what is required is simplicity that can speak the "Yes."
Mary's response to the angel, "let what you have said be done to me" (Luke 1:38) lives in the maxim "ask nothing, refuse nothing." She is open to receive what God desires to give, his love.
What is required is true emptiness of heart that allows God to shower it with his goodness. Mary puts no barrier to the generosity of God who love to give, the poor in spirit. She offers an empty space which can be inhabited by God. To become true disciples like Mary is to allow ourselves to be led by God.
In the dialogue of "Heart speaking to the heart," Mary ponders the word of God, an attitude that Saint Francis recommends imitating: "Be devoted to the Word of God, whether you hear it in conversation with spiritual friends or in sermons . . . Do all this after the example of the most Holy Virgin, for [she] carefully kept in her heart all the words spoken of her child."
We can never reach a stage where we assume our own control, for it is God who always takes the initiative. This simplicity is manifested in the ability to always wait on God. Mary is always a perpetual advent. Thus Mary attains the degree of excellence in love for her dearly beloved, and complete trust in God and surrender to his will. May God Be Praised!
Sr. Anne Francis