THE FEAST OF THE VISITATION
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…
He has shown strength with his arm;
He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
And lifted up the lowly…..
The Magnificat is a favored and treasured prayer in our Marianist family. Mary’s words remind us of our call to the spiritual life. We take to heart Blessed Chaminade’s reminder that the essential is the interior. Therefore, we take the time to sit in God’s presence. To glory in God’s goodness to us. To rejoice and be glad, with souls that raise our thankfulness to the heavens.
But, we know that the goal and end of prayer is not for our own consolation. We pray to be filled with courage and strength to go forth in mission with Mary. And Mary shows us what that mission is. It is to speak and act with courage against all the injustices in our world. We are to shout mightily against poverty, violence, inequality, and war. We are to challenge authoritative leaders who seek only power and riches, not servant-hood.
We know, for Mary tells us, that our loving God will bring the mighty tumbling down, and lift the lowly. And it is our mission as Marianist women and men, to stand by Mary with hearts, minds, and hands ready. With her, we will pray. We will ponder. And we will act. We will reach out to each other for strength in our mission, as Mary and Elizabeth did. Together, we will work for the coming of God’s reign in our here and now.
Mary our model and guide…Pray for us!
St. Elizabeth…Pray for us!
A blessed and happy feast day to all,