+JMJ+ All these important holidays. holy-days, all at once! Today, Memorial Day, remembering those who gave their lives for their families, their friends, their country. Sunday, the Solemnity of the Ascension. Tomorrow, the Feast of the Visitation. On the one day Jesus left us to return to His Father (He also left us Himself in the Blessed Sacrament). I imagine the sadness of the disciples and the Apostles, bereft all over again as they watched their Lord go where they could not follow.
And two days later the Church presents to us the Visitation during which His Mother carried Him in her womb to visit her cousin, St. Elizabeth who was carrying St. John the Baptist in her womb. We have that wonderful scene with St. John the Baptist leaping in his mother’s womb as he recognized that the Lord (and His mother!) had come to help. Carrying a child and giving birth is no easy task at any age, but that must have been frightening for a woman as old as Elizabeth must have been. But how could she be afraid with Jesus and His mother there to comfort her and aid her?
I didn’t experience a visitation exactly, but the Blessed Mother did help me while I was in the hospital a few years ago. Okay, she’s helped me I don’t know how many times, but this one stands out in my mind.
Thanks for visiting the blog and reading. I pray that you and I will stay holy and virtuous as we come to the end of this Easter season (and beyond!), and may we become who the Lord intends us to be: SAINTS. Please pray for me, I pray for you, too. God bless you and may His Peace be always with you. +JMJ+
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Image: The Visitation, by Karl von Blaas, from the Sammellust gallery, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck. Via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
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