Friday, 2 July 2010

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 2 Cl.

Mary's first action after God had come to dwell in her was one of self-denying charity. She undertook a troublesome journey in order to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Thus she proclaimed charity to be the virtue which above all Christ brought with Him from heaven. God made Mary's visit the occasion of a wonderful miracle. On her entrance into St. Elizabeth's dwelling, St. John the Baptist was cleansed from sin in his mother's womb. Mary was the channel of this exceptional privilege of the cleansing away of sin in the case of the unborn child. As then, so now: Mary is the channel of all graces, and above all, of the restoration of the sinner to friendship with God. Mary's charity is not less present now than at the time of the Visitation. Nay, she is far more eager now than then to promote the happiness and console the sorrows of those who fly to her for succour.


Bestow upon Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace: that as the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of our salvation, so the solemn feast of her Visitation may bring us an increase of peace. Through our Lord...

'Blessed and venerable art thou, O Virgin Mary: who without blemish to thy maidenhood, wert found to be the Mother of the Saviour.'

'Magnificat anima mea Dominum: Et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.'

Comment: Let us fly to this refuge of sinners, the loving Immaculate Heart of the Queen of Heaven. No man can be saved, without beseeching her pity and graces, given to her graciously by her Heavenly Spouse, the Paraclete. Let us imitate her angelic purity and patience, thereby glorifying her divine Son, the Redeemer of the world. May love of her Son urge us on to heroic virtue, particularly charity, which unites all virtues. The faithful soul must leap with joy when he hears the name of Mary praised, as she bears Jesus without end.

Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix.
Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

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