Living in the Two Hearts

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The Rosary: Reflections : The Visitation

Each reflection passage comes from The Life of Mary, As Seen by the Mystics that I had featured just this past Advent.  If you missed reading these, please refer to the Introduction before you begin these reflections that accompany the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.  God Bless you abundantly as you pray!

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Three days after the Annunciation the Lord revealed to Mary in a vision that the son whom her cousin Elizabeth had already conceived was destined to be a great prophet and forerunner of the Messiah, and that it was God’s Will that Mary should visit her in order that both mother and child might be sanctified by the presence of their Redeemer.

[Mary] then asked St. Joseph for his permission. He still knew nothing about the Annunciation, and now Mary told him only that the Lord had informed her that Elizabeth was with child, and that she felt obliged visit her. Joseph willingly agreed to her plans,…

As they approached the house of Zacharias…St. Joseph hastened ahead in order to announce their visit…Elizabeth immediately came out to welcome her cousin…“The Lord be with you, my dearest cousin.”

Then Mary said in a most friendly way:

“My God save you, my dearest cousin, and may His Divine Light give you grace and life!”

At the sound of Mary’s voice, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, which revealed to her the Mystery of the Incarnation, the unique dignity of Mary, and her own son’s sanctification. Rapt in joy she looked reverently at the Holy Mother of God –

“Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb! And how have I deserved that the Mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy! And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished.”

Crossing her hands on her breast, Mary intoned in the sweetest and softest voice:

“My soul doth magnify the Lord.  And my spirit [has] rejoiced in God my Saviour.  Because He [has] regarded the humility of His handmaid: for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  For He that is mighty [has] done great things to me, and holy is His name.  And His mercy is from generation unto generation to them that fear Him…

Three days later, St. Joseph returned to his work in Nazareth, as Mary planned to spend three months with her cousin.

And Mary remained with her about three months,.. ~Luke 56a

During this time, in addition to all her usual prayers, the Blessed Virgin busied herself by sewing and preparing the swaddling clothes for her cousin’s baby. And whenever she could, despite Elizabeth’s protests, Mary swept the house and her own room, and washed the dishes with servants

And the Lord said to [Mary]

“My Dove, assist My servant Elizabeth at her childbirth.  And after her son shall be circumcised, return to thy home with Joseph. And continue to pray to Me for the salvation of souls.”

Has Mary’s call to us in her visitations been any different?  Does she not also ask us to PRAY for sinners, PRAY for the salvation of souls, SACRIFICE and FAST  for the days are coming, and are now here, when many will turn away from their Creator, they will turn away from LIFE and embrace DEATH.

Reflect and Mediate on what it means to PRAY for sinners and to PRAY for the salvation of souls.  Then ask yourself, have you done this?  Have you TRUSTED God so entirely that you, like Mary, could bring the Life of Christ into the lives of those around you?  If not, pray this next decade asking Mary to assit you and/or teach you HOW to PRAY for sinners and the salvation of souls.

Our Father…

 
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