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The Assumption
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  • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    August Fifteenth

    Presence of God - O most Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven, I beg you
    to purify my senses so that I may begin to enjoy God even while I am on


        1. The Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we contemplate today assumed body and
    soul into heaven, reminds us very definitely that our permanent abode is not
    on earth but in heaven where she, with her divine Son, has preceded us in
    all the fullness of her human nature. This is the dominant thought in today's
    liturgy. "O Almighty and everlasting God, who hast taken up body and soul
    into heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Thy Son: grant, we
    beseech Thee, that, ever intent upon heavenly things, we may be worthy to be
    partakers of her glory" (Collect).

        The Feast of the Assumption is a strong appeal to us to live "ever
    intent upon heavenly things," and not allow ourselves to be carried away by
    the vicissitudes and seductions of the world. Not only was our soul created
    for heaven, but also our body, which, after the resurrection, will be
    welcomed into our heavenly home and admitted to a participation in the glory
    of the spirit. Today we contemplate in Mary, our Mother, this total
    glorification of our humanity. That which has been wholly realized in her,
    will be realized for us, as well as for all the saints, only at the end of
    time. This privilege was very fitting for her, the all-pure, the all-holy
    one, whose body was never touched by even the faintest shadow of sin, but
    was always the temple of the Holy Spirit, and became the immaculate
    tabernacle of the Son of God. It is a reminder to us to ennoble our whole
    life, not only that of the spirit, but also that of the senses, elevating it
    to the heights of the celestial life which awaits us. "O Mother of God and
    of men," exclaims Pius XII in his beautiful prayer for the Assumption, "we
    beg you to purify our senses, so that we may begin to enjoy God here on
    earth and Him alone, in the beauty of creatures."

        2. Mary's Assumption shows us the route we must follow in our spiritual
    ascent: detachment from the earth, flight toward God, and union with God.

        Our Lady was assumed body and soul into heaven because she was
    Immaculate; she was all-pure -- free not only from every shadow of sin, but
    even from the slightest attachment to the things of earth, so that she
    "never had the form of any creature imprinted in her soul, nor was moved by
    such, but was invariably guided by the Holy Spirit" (J.C. AS III, 2,10).

        The first requirement for attaining God is this total purity, the fruit
    of total detachment. The Blessed Virgin, who lived her earthly life in
    absolute detachment from every created thing, teaches us not to allow
    ourselves to be captivated by the fascination of creatures, but to live
    among them, occupying ourselves with them with much charity, but without
    ever letting our heart become attached to them, without ever seeking our
    satisfaction in them.

        In her Assumption Mary speaks to us of flight toward heaven, toward God.
    It is not enough to purify our heart from sin and all attachment to
    creatures, we must at the same time direct it toward God, tending toward Him
    with all our strength. The Church has us pray in today's Mass, "O Lord,
    through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was assumed into
    heaven, may our hearts, enkindled by the fire of Thy love, continually
    aspire toward Thee" (Secret). Our earthly life has value for eternal life
    insofar as it is a flight toward God, a continual seeking after Him, a
    continual adherence to His grace. When this flight fails, the supernatural
    value of our existence lessens.

        Mary has been taken up to heaven because she is the Mother of God. This
    is the greatest of her privileges, the root of all the others and the reason
    for them; it speaks to us, in a very special way, of intimate union with
    God, as the fact of her Assumption speaks to us of the beatific union of
    heaven. Mary herself stretches out her maternal hand to guide us to the
    attainment of this high ideal. If we keep our eyes fixed on her, we shall
    advance more easily; she will be our guide, our strength, and our
    consolation in every trial and difficulty.

     From "Divine Intimacy" by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.
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