|Mary and Elizabeth With Their Little Boys|
by Bacchiacca (c.1545)
Going through “the change” can be quite a challenge. Uncomfortable weight gain, increased health issues, ridiculously expensive and time-consuming pressures to stay young-looking (I’ve actually thrown in the towel and gone gray … so freeing!), sleepless nights, sudden bursts of heat, changeableness, out-of-the-blue feelings of angst, weird heart rhythms, etc. Physically and emotionally, it’s just not easy.
I sometimes wonder about St. Elizabeth (the mother of St. John the Baptist) and feel amazed. I think she is a good one to turn to during those long, often-hard hormonal years. I can’t imagine having a baby during this time of already huge physical and emotional fluctuation! And then dredging up enough wherewithal to tend to an infant-turned-toddler-turned-rambunctious boy-turned-teenager … so well that he would become a great saint! It all seems extraordinarily miraculous to me!
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age … for nothing will be impossible for God.
Luke 1:36a, 37