Today, 31 May, is the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth – an encounter that includes the hidden meeting of Jesus and John the Baptist within each woman respectively.
Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah.
She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.
Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?
Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.
Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’
What followed next was Mary’s response – her Magnificat – in which she expressed her joy and humility and attributing all to God.
The heart of our Father Founder, St Annibale Maria Di Francia, was stirred with a special devotion to Mary:
Created pure and immaculate, full of grace, and burning with divine love, the Heart of Mary was chosen for the dwelling of the eternal king; God could not help creating it as the best, the most sensible, tender, generous, noble, perfect among all hearts.
…If the most holy Heart of Jesus made a continuous offering of itself to God during the nine months he was developing in Mary’s immaculate womb, it did so not alone, but together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
— Rogationist Anthology from the writings of Fr Hannibal Di Francia (edition: Rome, 1985), pp 78-79
Having just celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity this Sunday past, we call to mind that:
…the eternal Father gave us our Lord Jesus through the most holy Virgin Mary; that Jesus gave himself up to us through Mary, and the Holy Spirit brought about the Incarnation of the Word by agreement with Mary.
— Rogationist Anthology from the writings of Fr Hannibal Di Francia (edition: Rome, 1985), p 84
Do our own hearts leap with joy at the immensity of God’s love for us?
Image Credit: Visitation, Mariotto Albertinelli, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons