FEAST of the VISITATION
"O noble Virgin, truly you are greater than any other greatness. For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word? To whom among all creatures shall I compare you, O Virgin? You are greater than them all, O Ark of the Covenant, clothed with purity instead of gold! You are the Ark in which is found the golden vessel containing the true manna, that is, the flesh in which Divinity resides." ~ St Athanasius
“Mary also anticipated, in the mystery of the Incarnation,
the Church’s Eucharistic faith. When, at the Visitation, she bore
in her womb the Word made flesh, she became in some way
a ‘tabernacle’ – the first ‘tabernacle’ in history –
in which the Son of God, still invisible to our human gaze,
allowed Himself to be adored by Elizabeth radiating His light
as it were through the eyes and the voice of Mary.
And is not the enraptured gaze of Mary …
that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us
every time we receive Eucharistic communion?”
Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 55
“Is it not this also the joy of the Church, which receives Christ
incessantly in the holy Eucharist and takes Him to the world
with the testimony of active charity, full of faith and hope?
Yes, to receive Jesus and to take Him to others is the true joy of the Christian!
Let us follow and imitate Mary’s profoundly Eucharistic
soul, and our whole life will become a Magnificat.”
Pope Benedict XVI
May 31, 2005
Blessed Mother Mary and St Elizabeth, pray for us!