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The Feast of The Visitation of the BVM 2005 : A Meditation

Monday, May 30, 2005

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and Holy is His Name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, His servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as He spoke to our fathers -
to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
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We celebrate today the wonderful Feast of The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. I have so many personal reflections on this particular Feast day that I enjoy but I belive one of my favorites is the one written by Dom Columba Marmion, O.S.B., Abbot of Maredsous. I have included also a brief introduction to the meditation and the compleate meditation, which I highly recommend that you read is availible at the EWTN webpage linked here. I can only pray that some how through God's Grace and through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother Mary that we all may sing of God's Glory as she did in the Magnificat and throughout her time on earth and now with her Son, Our Lord Jesus. May our souls and the earth itself tremble and sing of God's Love and Mercy on this day and throughout all time and may we be transformed through Grace into little theotokos(s) to each other and the world.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
Ed
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"If Christ Jesus is the Son of God by His eternal and ineffable birth in the Bosom of the Father," writes Dom Marmion, "He is also the Son of Man by His temporal birth in the womb of a woman.

"This woman is Mary; but she is also a Virgin. It is from her, and from her alone, that Christ takes His human nature. It is to her that He owes His nature as the Son of Man. She is truly the Mother of God. For this reason Mary occupies a position in Christianity which is unique, exalted and essential. Just as Christ's character as the 'Son of Man' cannot be separated from that of the 'Son of God,' so also is Mary united to Jesus; in fact, the Virgin Mary shares in the mystery of the Incarnation by a claim which belongs to the very essence of that mystery.

"This is why the Virgin Mary is associated by such close ties with the economy of the fundamental mystery of Christianity, and, consequently, with our supernatural life that Divine life which comes to us from Christ, the God-Man, and which Christ gives us as God, but through the instrumentality of His human nature. Like Jesus, we too should be a 'Son of God' and also a 'Son of Mary.' He is both the one and the other in a perfect manner. If we wish to reproduce His likeness in ourselves, we should likewise have this two-fold character.

"Our piety would not be truly Christian if it did not include the Mother of the Incarnate Word. Devotion to the Virgin Mary is not only important, but essential, if we want to draw abundantly from the fountain of Divine life. Separating Christ from His Mother in our devotion is tantamount to dividing Christ. To do this is to lose sight of the essential role of His sacred humanity in the dispensation of Divine grace. When the Mother is abandoned, the Son is no longer understood. Has this not been the fate of Protestant peoples? By rejecting devotion to Mary under the pretext of preserving intact the dignity of the one and sole Mediator, have they not ended by losing their faith even in the Divinity of Christ Himself? If Christ Jesus is Our Savior, our Mediator, our Eldest Brother, inasmuch as He assumed our human nature, how shall we really love Him or attain a perfect likeness to Him unless we have a very special devotion to her from whom He received this human nature?

"We ought to imitate Jesus in all things," Dom Marmion writes. "The Eternal Word chose Mary for His Mother; in like manner we should choose her for our Mother and have a childlike devotion to her."

For the compleate text and meditations click here to go to the EWTN site.

The Visitation

See how the Holy Spirit greets the Virgin Mary through the mouth of Elizabeth: "Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb! And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoke to thee by the Lord."

Blessed indeed, for by this faith in the word of God the Virgin Mary became the Mother of Christ.

What finite creature has ever received honor such as this from the Infinite Being?

Mary gives all the glory to the Lord for the marvelous things which are accomplished in her. From the moment of the Incarnation the Virgin Mother sings in her heart a canticle full of love and gratitude.

In the presence of her cousin Elizabeth she allows the most profound sentiments of her heart to break forth in song; she intones the "Magnificat" which, in the course of centuries, her children will repeat with her to praise God for having chosen her among all women:

"My soul magnifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid...
Because He Who is mighty has done great things for me
And holy is His name."
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