The Visitation
Mural in Conception Abbey, Missouri


IN the Second Joyful Mystery, Mary sets off to assist her cousin Elizabeth who is also expecting child. Scripture says that Mary stayed there "three months."

The first trimester is usually the most tiring for women. The rapid development of the baby, changes in hormones, all the emotions… and yet, it was during this time that Mary impoverished her own needs to help her cousin.

The authentic Christian is one who empties himself in service for the other.

    God is first.

    My neighbour is second.

    I am third.

This is the most powerful form of poverty. It’s face is that of love.

...he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave... becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.  (Phil 2:7)