Today is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the traditional calendar. It is one of the beautiful feasts of Our Lady, and in this time of waiting for the “birth” of the Motu Proprio on the traditional Mass, Mary as usual gives us the example of discipleship.
The Gospel of St. Luke recounts how Mary, who had just learned that she was to be the Mother of Christ, did not merely dwell upon her own blessedness, but instead went with haste to Elizabeth, about whom the angel told informed Mary that she, too, was with child:
39 And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. 40 And she entered into the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth. 41 And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. 42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.
When we receive the wonderful news of the Motu Proprio, it will be time to celebrate and give thanksgiving, of course. But will that be all we do, or will we, with haste, go to our fellow Catholics and bring these tidings of joy to them? Can we make an effort, like Mary, to bring our Lord to our kinsmen? In many places, the traditional sacraments, practically speaking, are nonexistent. But in other places, like St. Louis, for example, the presence of an ICRSP oratory makes them more readily available.
Can we provide a resource for those in the wasteland who will seek to bring the traditional Mass to their parishes and dioceses?
Until the terms of the Motu Proprio are published, it is hard to take concrete action. But if a petition process of some kind is required, would it not be charitable to have some sort of template ready for people to make use of, supported by relevant Church documents and testimonials of spiritual fruits received, etc?
Something to think about, and pray about, in the coming days.