Following Mama Mary in haste seemed to be the right subject to post for the Feast of The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. With that in mind, let us enter into that scene right away. To do that, it would be good to just pray with the following verse of scripture:
Luke 1:39-40: In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
It’s the word “haste” that kept coming to me over and over, so I looked up the definition in an online dictionary:
Haste (noun): Excessive speed or urgency of movement or action, hurry; Synonyms – swiftness, rapidity, promptness, briskness
Just imagine that our Blessed Mother had just been visited by the angel Gabriel and easily could have stayed in that moment savoring and maybe pondering, too, what this all meant. But instead, she went in “haste” urgently in a hurry with swiftness, rapidity and promptness!
That reunion between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth would represent the ultimate visit of God to his people.
Luke 1: 41-45: And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
The last line from Luke 1: 41-45 above, really spoke to me,
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
Mary dared to believe and in that daring she was shown that nothing is impossible with God! How many times have we all read this line of scripture or heard it proclaimed on the altar? Do we dare to believe that “nothing is impossible with God” in our own lives? Maybe that is why we lag behind and find ourselves listening to the world’s answer to that question rather than the “daring belief” of the mother of God. How can we strengthen our unbelief?
Following in Haste
If you look above at the featured image, it shows the mother duck with all her chicks following behind her. I fell in love with the image for many reasons and easily saw myself and many others being the little ones following behind their mama. There are 10 little chicks in this picture! What a great symbol for 10 beads of a decade of the rosary!
Throughout history, Mother Mary, has come to visit her children on earth and always in every apparition asks us to pray the rosary for world peace. Do we dare to believe that we can change the course of world events or as she has told us in Medugorje, we can suspend the laws of nature?
Saying “yes” to her invitations can be a way of us following in haste and also “daring to believe that nothing is impossible with God!”
She Asks for Our Yes – The Call is Urgent Now
She asks for our own personal “yes” and just as she went in “haste,” she also asks us to come in haste, to follow her and help her in the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart now more than ever.
What Does That Exactly Mean?
Sometimes, I have found in my own life, it’s just acting blindly. Just saying “yes” promptly to her with no wavering or praying about it. If we have a good sense of discernment we can usually weed out the inspirations that will bear no fruit. And it seems of late, Mama Mary has her own agenda and is calling in the troops to gather under her mantle for direction!
We are called now to set out in haste! Take the risk! Do whatever she tells you now! It is that urgent!
I remember visiting Lourdes and going to the baths. As I entered into the chamber, I was hit with a blast of cold air. The French woman assisting in the room must have read my mind. I was actually thinking thoughts of not plunging myself totally into the frigid, icy water Then her words of broken English cut through my shivering body like a heat wave in the middle of summer. She gazed intently into my eyes and said with strong conviction in her voice
“Do it For Her!”
And so I did then. . . as I try to do it now.
We all can do it for her! For in doing it for Mama Mary, we do it for her Son and for the Glory of God.
If she sees us just make the effort, she will nurture us as we see the mother swan above nurturing her little one. There will be times we will be able to swim through it! There will be other times when her love will carry us through. She just wants us to say yes! She wants a definite commitment from her children and total dedication to her plans. Her plans of the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart!
Fatima and Medugorje
If we look back on all the visitations of Mary throughout history, she comes always with words of instructions and secrets. As a holy mystical priest recently shared with me, she wants to teach us secrets about her son.
We can learn these secrets within her rosary, that time and time again, she asks us to recite. She asks us to pray with the heart rather than the lips and to truly enter into the mystery, digging deeply for the “diamonds of contemplation.” Isn’t that a personal visitation to our souls? And we could make haste to enter into the totality of that prayer.
Here is an earlier message from Our Lady in Medugorje to pray the rosary:
August 25, 1997
“Dear children! God gives me this time as a gift to you, so that I may instruct and lead you on the path of salvation.
Dear children, now you do not comprehend this grace, but soon a time will come when you will lament for these messages. That is why, little children, live all of the words which I have given you through this time of grace and renew prayer, until prayer becomes a joy for you.
Especially, I call all those who have consecrated themselves to my Immaculate Heart to become an example to others. I call all priests and religious brothers and sisters to pray the rosary and to teach others to pray.
The rosary, little children, is especially dear to me. Through the rosary open your heart to me and I am able to help you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
In Fatima, she gave many instructions to the three little shepherd children. This was one of them:
“Pray, pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them.”
In Medugorje, she asks us through the visionaries:
to read scripture,
to pray the rosary
to go to confession
and to receive the Eucharist.
We Can Do This!
It is said that Medugorje is a continuation of Fatima and certainly it seems that is so. In my own life, concerning these two visitations, she has called me to be centered, focused, and disciplined on learning and understanding the messages of Fatima and to be living them out along with Medugorje’s monthly messages. I find in my own personal life, I am hearing a call to order my day according to her wishes, not my own.
John Michael Talbot
I close with this little “visitation” that we can have together with John Michael Talbot’s Holy is His Name!
Please stay with it to the end!
Somewhere in the middle, John Michael gives a little teaching for your soul that will help you to “follow her in haste” and to say “yes” to all that she asks of you at this present moment of time.
We can make an Act of Faith every day if we let Mama Mary birth Jesus within us.
Then it will be Jesus acting in us. . .
“Glory to God”
©2019 Anita Guariglia
Photo Credit/Pixabay/Swan and Mother Duck/Baby Swans
Photo Credit/Blessed Mother/Anita Guariglia
Photo Credit/The Visitation and Rosary/Anita Guariglia
(taken from The Heralds of the Gospel Magazine)
Scripture taken from The Didache Bible