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  • Fra Angelico's "Annunciation"

    Mary and Discipleship

    In the fourth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem to reflect upon Mary's unhesitating "fiat" to the will of God.

    Dr. Ann Brodeur
    Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Mary
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