Today is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saint for today is Saint Joan of Arc.
From the Gospel of Luke we know that Mary traveled to Judah to spend time with Elizabeth, whom is also getting ready to bear a child. We hear that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” My family made a New Years Resolution this year to focus on the Holy Family and we have been doing that in very small and simple ways. This summer we are continuing that focus by spending time pondering short lines from sacred scripture. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. How does it feel knowing we are also filled with the Holy Spirit? We are all called as Christians to share the gift of the Holy Spirit with others. Do you know the unique spiritual gifts that you have been given at baptism?
The Saint for today is Saint Joan of Arc, which I discovered on my favorite new app for my phone. The OneParish app. reminded me that St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France and she was also filled with the Holy Spirit. As a young girl she entered into battle and defended her faith. Did you know that each of us are called to be saints? I know I have a great way to go on that journey and yet taking time to ponder the saints such as St. Elizabeth and St. Joan of Arc provide me an example to follow.
I hope you and your family can enjoy the summer months and some of my post from scripture and saints of the day.