Almighty ever-living God,
who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb,
inspired her to visit Elizabeth,
grant us, we pray,
that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit,
we may magnify your greatness
with the Virgin Mary at all times.
I remember a bus ride to Ain Karem from wherever in the Holy Land we had been staying (I think it was Jerusalem rather than Nazareth because it wasn't as long as it might have been), and it seemed long to me. But Mary went on foot I presume, on a much longer journey, probably with a caravan. I can imagine the noise, the dust, and her weariness when she arrived, yet her first words were such ones of praise that they are prayed every day in the Church. How fitting it was that Elizabeth said to her, "Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
And I remember several years earlier, when I was still in college, I think at a daily Mass, and after I received Holy Communion, I suddenly realized that, like Mary, I was carrying the Son of God within me. Those few moments didn't last long, but when I travel back to my much younger self, I remember the awe of my union with my Lord.
The prayer which is the Collect from the Mass for the Visitation, combined with my memories, have prodded me to realize that I also need to magnify the greatness of the Lord who has lifted me up in unimaginable ways since my beloved husband died--and I believe went on to heavenly greatness--through His grace and the prayers and support of my dear family and friends. And although it has taken eleven days to get the prayer I wanted to open my next blog entry, I think that I will try to write more often here, since there are so many ways the Lord reveals his greatness to us every day.