Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 61:1-5 Monastic Pilgrims from Far Away
Mass: Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Resp Ps 45; 1 Co 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56

Our Lady of the Redwoods

Congratulations to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance! All Cistercian monasteries are dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. Today is the patronal feast of our Order.

Elizabeth's words warm my heart and bring a smile to my face: 'For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.' While leaping figuratively if not literally, we join Elizabeth in proclaiming, 'Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled!'

Mary is blessed because-totally, in body and soul and forever-she became the Lord's dwelling place. If this is true, Mary does not merely invite our admiration and veneration, but she guides us, shows us the way of life, shows us how we can become blessed, how to find the path of happiness.
(Pope Benedict XVI)

Mary, Mother of tenderness who is always near, teach us how to live and have faith.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, August 15, 2018)

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