Our Lady of the Visitation
Our Lady of the Visitation is the example par excellence of the ministry of the Divine Will Missionaries of Mercy.
For this reason it is highly recommended to, in addition to the DWMoM prayer, also pray the Magnificat after receiving Communion and before disembarking into the world.
For immediately after receiving the Real Presence of Jesus into her very body at the Annunciation, Mary went out “in haste” to visit her cousin Elizabeth.
We know from the writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta that she did not do so merely to spend some time with family, or to tend only to physical needs! Rather, she primarily did so in order to bring the Real Presence of Jesus to others, just as is the entire purpose of DWMoM.
The Blessed Virgin Mary relates to Luisa:
No sooner did I become the mother of Jesus and your mother, than my seas of love redoubled and, unable to contain them all, I felt the [ardent] desire to [pour them out in souls and] expand them, and become for souls the first bearer of Jesus, even at the cost of great sacrifices… And what were these sacrifices? For one who truly loves, sacrifices and sorrows become refreshments and consolations, as they are the outpourings of the love one possesses. …
I left Nazareth accompanied by Saint Joseph, facing a long journey of crossing mountains to go visit Elisabeth in Judea who, in her advanced age, had miraculously become a mother. I went to see her, not simply to pay her a visit, but because my Heart was set ablaze with the desire to bring Jesus to her. The fullness of grace, love and light which I felt in me, compelled me to bring Jesus to her and to multiply to a hundredfold the life of my Son in souls…
I felt ardent yearnings to give my dear Jesus to everyone, so that all might possess him and love him. The rightful claims I had to motherhood, bequeathed to me by the Fiat, enriched me with such power that the same Fiat [operating in me] multiplied Jesus for as many times as there are souls who desire to receive him. This was the greatest miracle given me to perform: To have Jesus always available in order to give him to whomever should desire him. And I was so happy [to do this]! How I yearn that you too, my child, in approaching and visiting others, would always be the bearer of Jesus, capable of making him known and yearning to make him loved [by others].
My child, I was set ablaze with the ardent desire to unleash the flames of love that consumed me and reveal my secret to Elisabeth, who also longed for the coming of the Messiah. For a secret is a need of the heart which is irresistibly revealed to those capable of understanding.Now who could adequately describe the great blessing my visit imparted to Elisabeth, to John [in her womb] and to their household? Everyone was sanctified, filled with gladness, experienced unusual joys and comprehended things unheard of….
Dearest child, the Divine Will does great and unheard-of things wherever it reigns. If I worked many prodigies it was because the Divine Will occupied its royal place in my soul. And if you let the Divine Will reign in your soul, you too will become the bearer of Jesus to other souls – you too will feel the irresistible desire to give him to everyone!
This, indeed, is the right and natural response to receiving the Eucharist: bringing the Eucharistic graces out into the world. Thus it serves as our motivation for the Divine Will Missionaries of Mercy Apostolate.
St. Anthony Mary Claret
This saint also serves as a patron to our apostolate, for he was given an extraordinary grace: that of bringing the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with him (in his heart), continually: not a mere spiritual or mystical presence, and not for a mere 15 minutes after receiving Communion, but every moment of every day. This is why images of him portray a glow emanating from his heart. This grace we too ask for, and while leaving the fulfillment of this request entirely up to Our Lord, we know that He can grant it if He so wishes. But it is not only the fact of this great gift given to St. Anthony that inspires us to regard him as our patron, it is also his motivation for asking for the gift: due to his enormous missionary zeal and his full understanding that, without extraordinary graces, he would not be up to the task.
Please see the following excerpt from the writings of Dr. Noble Mannarath on St. Anthony
The last two years of Anthony Claret, unquestionably, was a complete fusion of ‘Martha and Mary’, of action and contemplation, the high point of intense spiritual life and mystical union. God made him a living ciborium, a human tabernacle, in which the Lord of the universe reposed day after day, enabling him to fight against the evils of the society and to renew the humanity into the image of the Creator. Even after receiving such an extraordinary grace, Anthony Claret all the more pursued with greatest dedication to persevere and advance in perfection; and that too, through the ‘frequent and well-made reception of the Sacraments, celebrating and hearing Mass well.’ Indeed, Claret was a great Eucharistic mystic and Saint, who adored the Lord of the Eucharist, both in the Blessed Sacrament and within himself. He was a giant of an apostolic missionary and the grace of the conservation of the Eucharistic species served in him as the true font and support for all his universal and ecclesial apostolate.
The Eucharistic grace enabled Claret to enter into a profound mystical and transforming union with the Lord; and at the same time, it turned to become an indescribable source of energy to confront all the more vigorously the evils affecting the Church as well as the society. It gave him a firm conviction that he was accompanied by ‘a divine force’ that can make all things new and to transform the structures of evil into structures of salvation. His amalgamation with Jesus Christ was translated into an all-conquering vigour and vitality for the apostolate of the prophet-servant of the Kingdom of God. For Claret, this great grace was nothing else, but the astounding surge of apostolic power drawing him to collaborate in the growth of the whole mystical Body of Christ, the Church. Strengthened by the Eucharistic Species and energy he re-launched his apostolic mission to confront all the evils of the society, to make all things new and to save all the people for the ‘unfathomable love of God. He was a ‘mystic in action’ and at the same time, an ‘active humanist in pure contemplation’. It is really hard to find such a harmonious fusion of action and contemplation in the many saints and holy persons of the Church.