On this last day of May, this May 31 feast of the Visitation to Mary, I realize that I have hardly posted anything at all about Mary in this her month. To which I can only say to myself, ‘Tsk!’
So today I offer you a double (or is it triple?) helping of Marian meditation, with this excerpt from my book The Air We Breathe: The Mariology of Catherine de Hueck Doherty. I have chosen a section from the final chapter on Mary and joy, as this feast of the Visitation is one of the joyful mysteries of Mary’s rosary, and because I have always seen in this feast a sort of pure reflection of the joy of heaven. Other Marian mysteries are fraught with theological weight or bear some dimension of the Paschal Mystery and the suffering it entails.
Here, we simply have two women filled in different ways with the life of God rejoicing in the gracious gift of God and His faithful love, and praising Him together – a little icon of heaven. And this is what Mary wants to give each one of us. So here are my and Catherine’s further thoughts on the matter, a few short pages from a book you might just want to buy after reading them: