Wednesday, August 28, 2013

50 Days of Prayer - Day 5

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Day Five

The Visitation

Yesterday I wrote about Mary receiving the Word with a pure heart, without a contraceptive barrier, without aborting away the new life she conceived from God, a life welcomed and nourished by her undivided Immaculate Heart.

Immediately Mary goes forth to visit her kinswoman Elisabeth, who is in need.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  (Luke 1:41)

This is what art is all about.  This is what acting is all about.  This is what friendship is all about.  The life that is in us touches the life that is in you, hidden but waiting, receptive, ready to leap at the approach of the Unseen Lord.  This is what we hope and pray will happen every time we step on stage, we actors; whether we're performing a broad comedy or a devout and literary drama.  We want the life in us to make the slumbering life in our audience jump for joy.

This is what happens at the Visitation when Mary's heart speaks unto Elisabeth's heart, and the heart of the unborn Jesus speaks unto the heart of the unborn John the Baptist.  Cor ad cor loquitur.  Heart speaks unto heart.

Life breeds new life.  That is as true in the spirit as it is in the flesh.

Let us pray a decade of the Rosary meditating upon the Visitation.

And let us pray ...

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

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