Feast of the Visitation
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Mary Set-out from Nazareth, to Go to the City-of-Judea, in which Saint-Elizabeth 'Resided'; a distance, according to Broccardus,
of upwards-of Seventy (70) Miles, or at least Seven (7) Days Journey. Her Spouse,
Saint-Joseph, alone 'Accompanied' her. The Holy and Tender Virgin 'Hastened'
her Steps, as Saint-Luke tells us: "Mary, Rising up in those Days, went into the Hill Country with-haste". Tell us, O
Lady, why didst thou 'Undertake' so Long and Arduous a Journey,
and why didst thou so 'Hasten' thy Steps? "I went", she 'Replies',
"to Exercise my Office-of-Charity; I went to Console a Family".
Since then, O Great Mother-of-God, thy Office is to 'Console' and 'Dispense' Graces to Souls, ah, be Graciously Pleased also to 'Visit' and 'Console'
my Soul. Thy Visit, 'Sanctified' the House-of-Elizabeth; Come, O Mary, and Sanctify me also.
Behold, the Blessed Virgin is already 'Arrived' at the House-of-Elizabeth. She was the
Mother-of-God, but yet was the First (1st) to 'Salute' Elizabeth,
"and she Entered . . . and Saluted Elizabeth". Elizabeth, 'Enlightened' by God,
'Knew' that the Divine Word had 'Become' Man, that He had 'Become' the
Son-of-Mary; therefore she 'Called' her, Blessed-among-Women, and Blessed
the Divine Fruit which she Carried in her Womb: "Blessed art thou among Women,
and Blessed is the Fruit of thy Womb". At the same time, filled-with Confusion and Joy, she 'Exclaimed': "And whence is this to me, that the Mother of my Lord should come to
me?" But what does the Humble Mary 'Reply' to these Words? She 'Says': "My
Soul doth Magnify the Lord"; as if she had said, "Ah Elizabeth, thou dost 'Praise' me, but I 'Praise' my God, Who hath Graciously Pleased to Exalt
me, who am His Poor Servant, to the Dignity of being His Mother". "He hath regarded the Humility of His Handmaid".
O Most Holy Mary, since thou Dispensest so many Graces, to those who Ask thee for them,
I Beseech thee to Grant me thy Humility. Thou 'Esteemest' thyself, as Nothing before God; but I am Worse than Nothing,
for I am a Sinner. Thou canst make me Humble; do so for the Love of that God, Who 'Made' thee His Mother.
But, what Took-place at the First(1st) Sound of the Voice-of Mary, 'Saluting' Elizabeth?
"When Elizabeth heard the Salutation of Mary, the Infant Leaped in her Womb, and Elizabeth was Filled-with the Holy Ghost". The Infant-John,
'Exulted' with Joy, on-account-of the Divine Grace which was then 'Conferred' upon him.
Elizabeth was Filled-with the Holy Ghost; and Zachary, the Father of the
Baptist, had shortly afterwards, the Consolation-of 'Recovering' his Speech.
So that it is indeed True, O my Queen and Mother, that it is 'Through' thee that Divine Graces are 'Dispensed',
and 'Through' thee that Souls are Sanctified. Then, my own Most Dear Queen, do not Forget me, thy Poor Servant;
for I Love thee and have 'Placed' all my Hopes in thee. Thy Prayers are ever Graciously 'Heard' by God,
Who Loves thee so-much. Hasten therefore, my Mother; 'Pray' for me, and 'Make' me a Saint.