July 2, 2012
Feast of the Visitation
Immediately after Our Blessed Mother gave her Fiat to God and had conceived the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, she made haste out of Divine Charity to be with her Cousin Elizabeth who was already heavy with child. Our Blessed Mother merely said, "Be it done unto me according to Thy Word" and was off to act with not one thought for who she really was... the Mother of God. Here was The Woman who was bearing the Son of God not spending even one moment to dwell on this, what humility! At the moment she was together with her Cousin, St. John the Baptist lept in the womb of St. Elizabeth. It was at that moment that he was cleansed from original sin by the power of the God-Man. This is the first known moment where Our Blessed Mother was the channel of Grace. Elizabeth's eyes were open by the power of the Holy Spirit and she recognized the long-awaited "mother of my Lord". To which Our Blessed Mother then gave her beautiful Magnificat:
My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;
for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because He that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is His Name....
As an aside, this is also the feast of the 2 soldiers who were the guards of the prison where Sts. Peter and Paul were imprisoned together. The guards were converted and baptized and then died martyrs.