The angelic body bowed low

in adoration

Before the woman soon-to-be-

with child.


“Blessed,” he called her.

“Why?” she asked.


“Chosen,” was his answer.

He waited. She wondered.


“How? Not now,” she said.

“God changes time,” said

the messenger.


“A son but no husband?

A mother before

being a



“Impossible!” she protested.

“Exactly,” he smiled.

Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

This post was written by Dominican Sister of Hope Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP. A poet, artist, and spiritual director, Sister Jo-Ann is now the Art and Spirituality Coordinator at Wisdom House Retreat Center in Litchfield, CT.

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