To celebrate we had a beautiful Mass this morning, Adoration all day, fancy meals and dessert, and we will end the day with May crowning. A few thoughts from Father Anthony's morning homily and then a reflection on the Magnificat from one sister (me) who is still a little bit of a nerd at heart.
Fr. Anthony spoke of seeing the Visitation as a virtual reality video we will get to watch/ participate in in Heaven. And so we have the 4 main characters: Elizabeth and John as the supporting actors and Mary and Jesus as the main actress and actor. We see in Elizabeth the filling of the Holy Spirit through Mary's greeting which causes her to fall to her knees in Adoration of the gift to have Mary and her Lord come to visit her. John lets us see that "its ok to be emotional about religion" as he jumps for joy from within the womb.
Mary shows us her humility as she points up (or perhaps in) to her God! Father liked to imagine the scene of a football player... all the crowds suddenly sheer because the touchdown has been scored and he falls to his knees and points up to God in thanksgiving for the gifts given to him.
Then Jesus. A silent character at this point and yet the director of all the action. Father shared his insight that we can learn how important is our role as cloistered nuns. There Jesus is in the "cloister" of the womb, but from that womb, He directs, inspires, guides all the actions of the other characters. And so too we, cloistered in our little monastery in the woods can direct, inspire, and guide a multitude of souls towards God!
And now for my own little "inspiration". After a few discussions with my family about certain sections of the Magnificat, we decided to diagram the sentences to see what the most important aspects were. I am not a professional so insights or correction are welcome! Enjoy what we've come up with so far: