RESPECT FOR MARY IN A DISRESPECTING WORLD: now and life-long.
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
After the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, his mother lived with the Apostle John for about another 12 years.
On the third day after her death, when the apostles gathered at her tomb, they found it empty.
They understood that Mary’s body had been taken up (assumed) into heaven. That is what “the Assumption” means.
Why didn’t her body just reabsorb into the earth like everybody else?
The grave had no power over this woman. She was immaculate and sinless from the time of her conception.
As she had shared with Jesus in his sorrows and agony, so she now came to share in his victory over death.
God had given her great privileges, and she had been faithful to the graces received.
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Many who profess to be Christians have trouble with the Church’s teaching about Mary, the Mother of God.
They shouldn’t. To a thinking Christian, there is no alternative.
Followers of Jesus believe they he was both true man and true God.
Because he was true man, Mary is rightly called a mother.
Because he is truly God, she is called the Mother of God.
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It is fitting that we should consecrate our lives to this Mother, and pray to her in words such as these:
O Mary, conceived without sin, I wish to place myself under your special protection.
I choose you for my patroness, my mistress and my mother . . . .
I desire to make a solemn profession of belonging unreservedly to you, imitating your virtues: particularly your angelic purity, your profound humility, your blind obedience and your incomparable charity . . . .
Obtain for me, dear Mother, the grace of being faithful to this profession all my life, so that I may merit the favour of being your child during all eternity.