BEAD BY BEAD:
MEDITATIONS ON THE ROSARY,
The Joyful Mysteries
Second Mystery: The Visitation
The Fruit: Love of Neighbor
"And Mary rising up in those days went into the hill country with haste
into a city of Jude." [St. Luke 1:39] Arising at the bidding of
the Lord She lovingly hastened to accomplish His Most Holy Will, in
procuring without delay the sanctification of the Precursor of the
Incarnate Word, who was yet held prisoner in the womb of Elizabeth by
the bonds of Original Sin.
2. Most Holy Mary and St. Joseph made good use of each single
moment of the journey. They proceeded alone, without accompaniment of
any human creatures; yet with the thousand Angels, which were set to
guard the couch of Solomon, the Most Holy Mary, attended upon them
[Cant. 3:7]. In the company of the Angels and of St. Joseph, the Mother
of Grace journeyed along, filling the fields and the mountains with the
sweetest fragrance of Her presence and with the Divine Praises, in
which She unceasingly occupied Herself. Sometimes She conversed with
the Angels and, alternately with them, sang Divine canticles concerning
the different mysteries of the Divinity and the works of Creation and
of the Incarnation. In all this Her spouse St. Joseph contributed his
share by maintaining a discreet silence, and by allowing his Beloved
Spouse to pursue the flights of Her spirit; for, lost in highest
contemplation, he was favored with some understanding of what was
passing within Her Soul.
St. Elizabeth had been informed in a vision that Mary of
Nazareth had departed to visit her. She had also in this vision been
made aware that the Heavenly Lady was most pleasing in the eyes of the
Most High; while the mystery of Her being the Mother of God was not
revealed to her until the moment, when They both saluted each other in
4. When the most holy Mother Mary arrived at the house of
Zacharias, the Precursor of Christ had completed the sixth month of his
conception in the womb of St. Elisabeth. The body of the child John had
already attained a state of great natural perfection; much greater than
that of other children, on account of the miracle of his conception by
a sterile mother and on account of the intention of the Most High to
make him the depository of greater sanctity than other men [St. Matth.
11:11]. Yet at that time his soul was yet filled with the darkness of
sin---after Original Sin contracted by our nature, the womb of the
mother must serve as a dungeon or prison for all of us, who have laden
upon ourselves this guilt of our father and head, Adam. Christ our Lord
resolved to anticipate a great blessing in His Prophet and Precursor by
conferring the light of His grace and justification upon him six months
after his conception by St. Elizabeth . . .
5. At the sound of Most Holy Mary's voice, St. Elizabeth was filled
by the Holy Ghost and so enlightened interiorly, that in one instant
she perceived the most exalted mysteries and sacraments. These
emotions, and those that at the same time were felt by the Child John
in the womb of his mother, were caused by the presence of the Lord Made
Flesh in the bridal chamber of Mary's womb, for, making use of the
voice of Mary as His instrument, He, as Redeemer, began from that place
to use the power given to Him by the eternal Father for the Salvation
and Justification of the Souls. And since He now operated as man,
though as yet of the diminutive size of one conceived eight days
before, He assumed, in admirable humility, the form and posture of one
praying and beseeching the Father. He asked in earnest prayer for the
justification of His future Precursor and obtained it at the hands of
the Blessed Trinity.
St. Elizabeth was wrapt in the joy of the Holy Ghost; and, looking upon
the Queen of the world and what was contained in Her, she burst forth
in loud voice of praise, pronouncing the words reported to us by St.
Luke: "Blessed are Thou among women and blessed is the Fruit of Thy
Womb, and whence is this to me, that the Mother of My Lord should come
to me? For behold as soon as the voice of Thy salutation sounded in my
ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy, and blessed art Thou, that
has believed, because those things shall be accomplished, that were
spoken to Thee by the Lord."
These words of praise, pronounced by St. Elizabeth were referred by the
Mother of wisdom and humility to the Creator; and in the sweetest and
softest voice She intoned the Magnificat
as recorded by St. Luke [1:46-55]:
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.
He that is mighty hath done great things to Me; and holy is His Name.
And His mercy is from generation unto generation to them that fear Him.
hath showed might in His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the
conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat and
hath exalted the humble.
hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent
hath received Israel, His servant, being mindful of His mercy; as He
spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his seed forever."
8. St. Elizabeth offered herself and her whole family and all her
house for the service of the Queen of Heaven. She asked Her to accept,
as a quiet retreat, the room which she herself Was accustomed to use
for her prayers, and which was much retired and accommodated to that
purpose. The Heavenly Princess accepted the chamber with humble thanks,
and made use of it for recollecting Herself and sleeping therein, and
no one ever entered it, except the two cousins. As for the rest She
offered to serve and assist Elisabeth as a handmaid, for She said, that
this was the purpose of visiting her and assisting her in her time.
Mary retired and placed Herself in the presence of the Most High,
asking Him as usual to guide Her and direct Her in that which She was
to do during Her stay in the house of His servants Elizabeth and
Zacharias; so that She might in an things be pleasing to Him and
fulfill entirely His pleasure.
Lord heard Her petition and answered by saying: "My Spouse and My Dove,
I will direct all Thy actions and I will direct thy footsteps
in the fulfillment of My service and pleasure, and I will make known to
Thee the day on which I wish Thee to return to Thy home. In the
meanwhile remain in the house of My servant Elizabeth and converse with