The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth is one of the very human moments in Luke's Gospel. It is a moment with which we can identify. It resembles experiences many of us have had.
The photo above is the painting of Mary, Help of Christians in Brezje, Slovenia. Of the several Marian shrines in Slovenia, Brezje is the most frequently visited. I had the opportunity to celebrate an English-language Mass for a group of people participating in a workshop. As they came from all over Europe English was the only language they had in common. It was a great honor.
The church in which the chapel is located is a Basilica. It is not overwhelmingly large but it is spacious. The chapel holding the painting is very small. I celebrated Mass with my back to the congregation. The chapel can hold approximately thirty people. The elaborate frame surrounding the painting takes up the entire wall. Behind the frame the devout have posted hundreds of petitions.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD