Let It Be: Finding Grace with God through the Gelassenheit of the Annunciation

Rose Ellen Dunn

in Apophatic Bodies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230815
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235087 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Let It Be: Finding Grace with God through the Gelassenheit of               the Annunciation

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The chapter discusses the theological possibilities present in the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. These possibilities are then interwoven with the work of Luce Irigaray, Jean-Luc Marion, and Jacques Derrida. With this theoretical framework in place, this chapter explores an interpretation of the Annunciation as an event of Gelassenheit which springs from a mutual gift of love. This suggests that the text of the Annunciation is infused with possibility. Filled with grace, Mary is invited by the divine into possibility; responding in grace, she in turn invites the divine into possibility. Grace, springing from the desire of the divine as well as the responsive desire of Mary, draws both Mary and the divine into the very possibility that it creates—the possibility for an intermingling of the self and the divine in a mystical union of love. Transgressing the limits of language, this possibility slips into an apophatic moment of Gelassenheit, a mutual “letting-be” or releasement of both Mary and the divine, which then overflows into the song of the Magnificat.

Keywords: phenomenology; Edmund Husserl; Martin Heidegger; Luce Irigaray; Marion; Jacques Derrida; Annunciation; Gelassenheit; grace; love

Chapter.  7746 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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