Picturing Mary, Absorbed in Contemplation of the Word Within

The Visitation sketched by Charles de Foucauld

The Visitation sketched by Charles de Foucauld

When I picture you, Mary, going, as in the Gospel, to a hill country of Judah, to perform an act of charity for your cousin Elizabeth—I see you as beautiful, serene, majestic, absorbed in contemplation of the Word of God within you.
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Dawn of the New Redemption and Eternal Happiness

At St Clement Hofbauer Chapel in Pattaya, Thailand

You, who are so great and rich, have made Yourself little and poor for us! You chose to be born far from home, in a stable, to be wrapped in swaddling clothes, to be nourished at Your Virgin Mother’s breast, to be laid in a manger between an ox and an ass. Today is the dawn of the new redemption, of the old restoration, of eternal happiness. Today the heavens have distilled honey throughout the whole world. Then, O my soul, kiss this divine manger, press your lips to the Infant’s feet and embrace them. Meditate on the shepherds watching their clocks, contemplate the angelic hosts, prepare to join the heavenly melody, singing with your lips and with your heart: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will.’
Saint Bonaventure

Action and Contemplation with Mary and Elizabeth

The Visitation sketched by Charles de Foucauld

The Visitation sketched by Charles de Foucauld

In what peace, what recollection, Mary went to and lent herself to everything! How the most commonplace things were divinized by her—for she remained ever in adoration of the Gift of God!—yet that did not hinder her from spending herself externally when there was question of putting into practice charity. The Gospel tells us that Mary quickly made way to the hill country of Judah and greeted Elizabeth. Never did the unspeakable vision which she contemplated within herself diminish her exterior charity!
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880–1906)

He Has Given Me a Mother

At St John Church in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Oh! how good it is to go and be consoled by him during the times when we feel only our miseries, and I am so full of them! Even more, the good God has given me a mother, the image of His mercy, who, with just a word, calms all the anguish of her little one’s soul, and gives her wings to fly away beneath the rays of the Creator Star.
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880–1906)