A blessed feast of the Visitation, one that goes back to the Middle Ages, when it was originally celebrated on the octave after the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, July 2nd. The feast of the Messiah’s precursor is now la Fete Nationale in Quebec, whose people can now scarcely recall their Catholic roots.
The meeting of Mary and Elizabeth, both ‘with child’, so that the embryonic Christ could sanctify the one would prepare the way for His coming, who ‘leapt for joy’ in his mother’s womb, is a poignant one for our age, which now sees the unborn as expendable,

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