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2617 Mary's prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time. Before the incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer cooperates in a unique way with the Father's plan of loving kindness: at the Annunciation, for Christ's conception; at Pentecost, for the formation of the Church, his Body. 88 In the faith of his humble handmaid, the Gift of God found the acceptance he had awaited from the beginning of time. She whom the Almighty made "full of grace" responds by offering her whole being: "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word." "Fiat": this is Christian prayer: to be wholly God's, because he is wholly ours.

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PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

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SECTION ONE: PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

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CHAPTER ONE: THE REVELATION OF PRAYER

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ARTICLE 2: IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME

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88 Cf. Lk 1:38; Acts 1:14.

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