“But who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?”  The gift of humility is so clearly expressed here, this cornerstone virtue of a Visitandine as well. For example, a diocese or a country may celebrate the feast day of a saint of special importance there (e.g., St. Patrick in Ireland, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in the United States). They meet and feel strongly. The Visitation is the visit of Mary to Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Luke 1:39–56. We too can ask for the gift of knowledge; it is a gift given within the Gospel event of the Visitation and thus, in a sense, specially bequeathed to Visitation Nuns. Later, the paschal glorification of Christ will reveal the sense in which this title is to be understood, that is, a transcendent sense (cf. Today is the great Feast of the Visitation. A ‘visitation’ …. 1:39-56) The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth In the day’s Gospel, as we end the Month of May which the Catholic community celebrated as a month of giving recognition to the Mother of God, we punctuate it with the celebration of the visitation of the pregnant MARY (with Jesus) to her equally pregnant cousin Elizabeth (with JOHN the Baptist). Our Mother House, St. John’s Convent, continues to be in Toronto. For more on Religious Feasts in Malta and Gozo, click here . We have received the individual promise of our God to our hearts. This story of the Visitation follows:  Mary hears God’s greeting and news, and also is told of Elizabeth’s news – and she hurries to Elizabeth. We are called to trust that the promises God has made to us will be fulfilled. The Savior of men, carried in his Mother's womb pours out the Holy Spirit, revealing himself from the very start of his coming into the world. She knew Mary’s condition, that she was expecting a Child, she knew that the unborn child is Lord, her Lord. The Gospel states quite distinctly that Elizabeth “was filled” with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is essential to both the Visitation and Pentecost, and Mary was present and open during all these manifestations. by Sister Susan Marie | May 26, 2020 | Salesian Spirituality, Visitation Outreach, Vocation news | 0 comments. I’d like to share two reflections that I believe for me lie at the heart of this story, and our own stories.       Support Us, 233 Cummer Avenue, Spiritual gifts then flowed out in abundance. by Sister Susan Marie | May 26, 2020 | Salesian Spirituality, Visitation Outreach, Vocation news | 0 comments. There we find a kindred spirit or kindred spirits to understand us and we them in the realm of our inward journeying and find the strength to do what is beyond our simple selves. Visitandines continue to live out this mystery in our own time. Your email address will not be published. We are called to be channels as well. Posted on: August 19th, 2020. Home Both of them were aware of the mystery of life within in them – that most precious of life’s beginnings, both facing a future that was unknown and unguessed at. By Sr. Doreen, SSJD. The power of the Holy Spirit within us helps us see and proclaim the truth of our circumstances, our path, and our relationship with the Lord, as  each continues to say, “but who am I?”, “Blessed is she who trusted that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled.”. Sunday, May 31, 2020; 12:00 AM 11:59 PM 00:00 23:59; Passionist Nuns 8564 Crisp Road Whitesville, KY, 42378 United States; Google Calendar ICS “But who am I … It is also the name of a Christian feast day commemorating this visit, celebrated on 31 May in the West (2 July in calendars of the 1263–1969 period, and in the modern regional calendar of Germany) and 30 March among Eastern Christians. It was a symbolic act – this visit – an outward sign of a deep inward mystery and search for understanding and a means of grace:  a sacrament moment: an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. Most often we do what Mary did, we hurry off to someone whom we respect, trust and love to share the news, eager, joyful or shattered depending what that news was all about. The Holy Spirit and the Visitation. Jn 20 28; Acts 2:34-36). I believe, there is mutual awe at our news – and depending on the news – that mutual awe breaks into song or lament. And we know we can always turn to them and take up where we left off with them. There are several steps to this Feast Day! We really need to trust and to deepen it. She became a witness with a prophetic voice. Lastly, the direction of the Blessed Virgin's journey is particularly significant: it will be from Galilee to Judea, like Jesus' missionary journey (cf. Any visitation, and this one that we are celebrating today,  sees the meeting of two women in mutual awe … in this visitation that mutual awe breaks into song. But to describe the presence of God in this way is like describing the ocean as calm, the wind as a whisper, or fire as warming. And both women burst into exclamation and song! In her book “For Everything a Season”, Joan Chittister talks about scripture being full of the coming together of people –  and she says: “people – modest, ordinary, confused, and very unlike people, find strength in one another to do what is beyond their simple selves. They meet and embrace. Luke tells the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah, how God comes to them by an angel with the news that in their old age they will have a son, fills them with … Here in mutual awe with Elizabeth, Mary – met by Elizabeth’s love and held in her arms, I am sure that Mary feels less frightened and lonely, accepted and understood for the first time since the astonishing news of the annunciation. The rest of my reflection is my own imagination of what might have happened during Mary and Elizabeth’s visit with each other. Required fields are marked *. They meet and their souls touch. May she ever aid us. (Lk. Indeed today is the Feast of Songs:  at morning prayer we sang Hannah’s Song and Zacharius’ Song – we have heard Elizabeth’s greeting song and Mary’s song and yet to come … Simeon’s Song! Diocese of Toronto | Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto, Canada| 416-226-2201|convent@ssjd.ca, Zeph 3:14-13 Ps 113 Col 3:12-17 Luke 1:39-56. The Solemnity of Pentecost, to be celebrated this Sunday, “overshadows” the Feast of the Visitation on May31st, reminding us of the way Our Blessed Mother was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation. This is the  heritage, a Gospel-based treasure, that the Visitation Order  can call its own. All Rights Reserved | Design by QT Web Designs. Our need of community, our seeking for it, is something that we all understand. When Mary arrived in the town of Judah, entered the house and greeted Elizabeth, Elizabeth “heard” Mary’s greeting.       Retreats & Programs The Feast of the Visitation - The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. The gift of any visitation in our life is a call to that mutual awe that breaks forth into song. She began to proclaim the truth about the present moment; deep, essential truths. 2019-2020 is liturgical year A. In the Visitation, the Virgin brings Christ to the Baptist's mother, the Christ who pours out the Holy Spirit. Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. She became a witness with a prophetic voice. In the Visitation episode, St Luke shows how the grace of the Incarnation, after filling Mary, brings salvation and joy to Elizabeth's house. There is no beauty in Mordor nor at a guillotine because it is devoid of agape, of love. This is such a personally familiar gospel story I am sure for all of us. We were founded in Toronto in 1884. For Mary and for Elizabeth this visit was paradox moment:  they were overcome with joy at seeing each other, they were both perplexed and puzzled and probably scarred at what they had heard and of what had been asked of them, they were both women of faith with a strong heritage and deep love of God. The Holy Spirit’s power pervaded all aspects of the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth. She listened. The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The fact that we sometimes feel this terror, its demand, its vocation, its cost, is precisely the measure of how clear is our understanding of God. Fruit of the mystery is Fraternal Charity. The Archangel Gabriel, at the time of the Annunciation, informed the Mother of God that Her cousin Elizabeth had miraculously conceived and was soon to be the mother … The Solemnity of Pentecost, to be celebrated this Sunday,  “overshadows” the Feast of the Visitation on May31st, reminding us of the way Our Blessed Mother was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation.


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