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Meditation on the Visitation

by Peggy Bowes

The Visitation:
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. (Luke 1:39-40)

I think that the example this mystery sets for motherhood is to help other members of our community, especially other women. We women can be so catty, judging one another's appearance, parenting styles, home decor, choice of clothing and any other number of things. Instead, we should follow Mary's example and offer charity to our neighbors and to other women. We can do little things like bake an extra casserole for the new mother across the street, leave flowers on the doorstep of the lonely widow or offer to watch a neighbor's obnoxious children so that she can go to the grocery store by herself. These little acts of charity not only help our neighbors but they also help us as we become more like the Blessed Mother, and ultimately, her Divine Son.

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How Might God Be Asking You To Serve Other Women?
by: The Rosary Team

For even deeper reflection on this subject we are sharing an excerpt from Michaelann Martin's highly recommended Bible study, Woman of Grace: A Bible Study for Married Women...

"Mary had just found out that she was pregnant with our Savior and that her cousin Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy with John the Baptist. What love and admiration she must have had in order to drop everything and go to help her cousin.

How might Mary have been feeling in her first trimester of pregnancy?

What virtues does Mary demonstrate?

From the very beginning of Christ's conception, who is it that Mary wants to bring to others?

Mary's Magnificat in Luke 1:46-55 shows the true spirit of humility and love in serving God. And her first act as the Mother of God is to go to her cousin and serve her.

Let's ask our Blessed Mother to be our number-one mentor.

Are you being called to care for an aging parent? Do you know a pregnant woman in need of help? Or a family with a newborn that could use a hot dinner? How might God be asking you to serve other women?"

-Woman of Grace: A Bible Study for Married Women by Michaelann Martin p.42-44

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