Ten years have gone by since the day I made the decision to accept Our Lord's invitation to return to Him. It happened on today's feast of the Visitation. It took some time for me to see how this feast was being played out in my own life. Once Our Lord and His Mother come to you, if you accept their presence in your life, life is never the same, and for me, as for many of us, that is a good thing.
I describe the meaning this feast holds for me in Visitations, which I wrote two years ago. Since that first visitation in 2002, whenever I feel myself struggling in my spiritual life, I seem to hear Jesus whisper: "Let My Mother help you." And like Elizabeth, I find myself asking that same question: "Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?" But she does.
I don't always show Our Lady the devotion that she deserves, but I know that she does come to me, and she always brings me closer to her Son. I have been showered with many graces that have aided in my healing through our Blessed Mother.
I just wanted to take this day to thank her for them, and ask her to continue to bring me closer to Jesus. I know this is a request she never refuses.