Friday commemorates the Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. Here is a young, frightened girl, who has been impregnated by the Holy Spirit with the Son of God. This is enough for the wisest and seasoned person to grasp, but a simple, faithful and obedient girl bears this mystery. As far as we know, she had not shared this news with anyone. She instead took an arduous journey by foot quite a distance from her home to help her “aged” cousin Elizabeth who was with child. What a relief it must have been for Mary, when Elizabeth recognized the precious and holy gift Mary was carrying without her saying a word. Let us pray a blessing for all pregnant women, wherever they are and in what circumstances.