Lord, Ibelieve in your wondrous, shining glory, although this is hidden from my eyes.I hope in the peace and everlasting joy of the world to come, for this world isa valley of tears. I love you, even though I am not always able to discern thelove in your intentions when you permit me to suffer. You are my God and myall.
Lord, help me to behumble!
1. AllGenerations Will Call Me Blessed:
WhenPius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption, it was a cause of great joythrough out the Catholic world. Believed for centuries, it entered the realm ofofficial Catholic dogma. Our Lady is brought to heaven to share in the gloryand joy of her Son and our Lord. We have always looked to Mary as our mother,and so the feast of the Assumption continues to fill us with happiness. She iswith Christ, and she is our mother more than ever. We entrust ourselves to herin the same way that Pope John Paul the Great did, “Totus Tuus.”
2.Scattering the Proud:
Proudpeople are generally very focused on whatever serves their best interests. So“scattering” is a very good verb to use to indicate what happens to the proudwhen God goes into action. Mary rejoices in that “scattering,” but who are theproud? Maybe we don’t have to look any further than ourselves. How much wefight with that root sin of pride! Mary is happy when pride gets scattered andthe perspective we have widens. Instead of just seeing things from our ownmyopic point of view, this scattering opens up the “thoughts of our hearts” tosee others and their needs. Nothing is more Mary-like than that.
3.Lifting Up the Lowly:
Thisfeast of the Assumption is proof that God literally lifts up the lowly. Likeher Son and his Ascension, Mary is lifted up by God into the realm of eternallife. Sometimes we cling to our pride out of a sort of instinct ofself-preservation—“If I don’t look out for number one, who will?” But Mary’shumility is a lesson for us. Our true self-fulfillment lies in becomingeveryday more filled with God; We can only do that if we are not filled withourselves. Let’s ask Mary to help us to live more like her and experience thetrue joy—the lifting up—that there is in humility.
Lord,I thank you for giving us such a wonderful mother. She helps me to stay on thepath of fulfilling your will. Help me to be able to sing a Magnificat in my ownsoul, “The Almighty has done great things for me!”
I will be generousand joyful when I am asked to help out.
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