THE FRUIT OF HER WOMB: John Meets His Cousin for the First Time

Visitation 1

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation, that day when the pregnant Mary travels from Nazareth to Bethany in the hill country to visit her older cousin Elizabeth.  Mary seeks support, advice, perhaps a shoulder to cry on—for she must have worried what people would think, seeing her condition.  Wouldn’t they be scandalized?  And what does it all mean?Elizabeth, seeing Mary approach along the road, rushes out to greet her.To Mary’s delight, Elizabeth—long childless, and probably appr … [Read more...]

Three Humble Mothers, Three Sons Who Changed the World

In the week leading up to Christmas, as we awaited the birth of the Christ Child in a humble stable in Bethlehem, the daily readings focused on God’s choice of three simple, unsophisticated women to be mothers whose sons would change history. Hannah, Mother of Samuel Hannah prayed to God for a son, and in humble trust, she promised that if God granted her wish she would dedicate her son to the Lord.  God heard her prayer, and Hannah gave birth to Samuel.  Hannah loved him and cared for him, but s … [Read more...]


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