From Luke 1:46-56 (New American Bible):
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever."
Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.
Can you imagine if God came to you and told you were favored by him and blessed? My first thought is of a booming voice coming from the heavens, the sky opening and the sun shining through and perhaps a little shaking of the earth. I mean, it's God, right?
When I've heard God's voice (and I admit, I have heard it on occasion) it was always a quiet voice in my ear, usually with a name of a friend of mine. I would seek that friend out and I would talk about my problem and get my answer. It was that way from before I became Catholic and for many years afterward. Then I didn't hear it anymore.
For years I would pray to hear it and I never got an answer. I felt abandoned, not blessed. What happened Lord? Are you mad at me?
I'm not sure how it happened, but I had a realization. God no longer wanted me to speak to my friends, He wanted me to come directly to him! Now there's a concept! So I would turn to him in prayer or put my intention on the altar at Mass or lift it up at Communion. I don't always get an immediate response, but it has made me turn to Him more. He is teaching me patience and trust in Him, lessons I sorely need!
One final note: When I looked at my scheduled blog, today's day was missing. For some reason I had nothing scheduled. In a panic I started checking the daily readings and found Our Lady's Magnificat. It was like Jesus tapping me on the shoulder and saying, "Our Mother is calling you."