Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Model of Gratitude and Eager Service: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2016.05.31 Visitation of BVM Fra Angelico

In the mystery of the Visitation the Blessed Virgin is set before us as a very practical model of humility, charity towards our neighbor and gratitude towards God.  In her humility she acknowledges her own nothingness, and delights in confessing it.  Through charity she, full of courage, sacrifices without hesitation the joys of solitude and contemplation to take a long journey over the mountains, eager to show to Elizabeth the most delicate and most devoted attentions.  Her gratitude causes her to attribute to God alone the graces with which she is filled and she glorifies Him through them in her song of thanksgiving the “Magnificat,” which the Church and devout souls are never tired of repeating.

A great servant of Mary, Bl. Raymond of Capua, composed an Office for the feast of the Visitation which had just been established, in order to obtain from Mary her protection for the Church, torn by a deplorable and long-standing schism.  He also composed a commentary on the “Magnificat,” unfortunately lost, which was greatly praised by contemporary writers, especially by Bl. Stephen Maconi, General of the Carthusians, the friend and disciple of St. Catherine of Siena.

Prayer: “O eternal God, You are passionately in love with Your lost creature.  I thank You in spite of my lowliness and unworthiness.” (St. Catherine of Siena).

Practice: Pray for the religious of the Visitation and for all their good works.

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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