Feast of the Visitation: The Meeting of Two pregnant women!

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Fra Angelico, O. P.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Feast of the Visitation
More detailsToday we are celebrating the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her kinswoman Elizabeth. I would like to meditate with you on this mystery which shows how Mary faced her life’s journey with great realism, humanity and practicality. Three words sum up Mary’s attitude: listening, decision, action. They are words that point out a way for us too as we face what the Lord asks of us in life. Listening, decision, action. (Pope Francis)

Feast of the Visitation: The Meeting of Two pregnant women!

Lectio

“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.' And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant. Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name, and his faithful love extends age after age to those who fear him. He has used the power of his arm, he has routed the arrogant of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly. He has filled the starving with good things, sent the rich away empty. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his faithful love according to the promise he made to our ancestors -- of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants forever. Mary stayed with her some three months and then went home.” (Lk 1:39-56)

Contemplatio: 

Visitation: Generate the divine life within us, as so many women who support and help each other do, making of the intergenerational dialogue a means to share life and host the mystery of God present in different cultures and religious traditions, making of the meeting and dialogue paths for communion and fraternity.

 

 

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Sr. Celestina Veloso Freitas, O.P.
Sr. Celestina Veloso Freitas, O.P.
Author's biographySister Celestina Veloso Freitas, O. P., is a Dominican Sister (Anunciata) and International Promoter of JPIC-DSI. She lives currently in Rome and works in Santa Sabina.