"Ask for a sign from your God; let it be deep as the nether world or high as the sky....Therefore God will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall be living on curds and honey by the time he learns to reject the bad and choose the good."
"What good is it to me if Mary gave birth to the son of God 1,400 years ago and I do not also give birth to the son of God in my time...? We are all meant to be mothers of God." Meister Eckhart
"Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it...His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured and exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world. He is mysteriously present in those for whom there seems to be nothing but the world at its worst." Thomas Merton, OCSO