PODCAST | The Joy of the Assumption of Mary
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In this podcast, Fr. Eric Nicolai reflects on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and how this feast is a cause for joy and hope for all of us.
The Assumption is a feast that we’re encouraged to not let just pass us by without really, truly being affected in some deep way. One way to be affected is to enter into a deeper joy, regardless of our situation in life, as we contemplate that something really wonderful happened to Mary because she let herself be guided by God’s Divine Logic.
Whenever we see the Assumption depicted in art, it’s always joyful and beautiful! Why? Because it is a reminder of the ancient teaching that Mary knew no corporal decay, but entered into Heaven and received by God in body and soul. And, this fills us with peace because we know that she is waiting for us and wants us to come to be with her Son.
We are sons and daughters of Mary– St. Josemaria took this deeply to heart, and we should try to do this too. On this beautiful Feast of the Assumption, St. Josemaria reminds us that: “the supernatural value of our life does not depend on accomplishing great undertakings suggested to us by our overactive imagination. Rather, it is to be found in the faithful acceptance of God’s will, in welcoming generously the opportunities for small, daily sacrifice. If we strive to imitate Mary’s fidelity, God will surely do great things in us” (Christ is Passing By, no. 172).
Tune in to this podcast as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption on August 15th.
Image: Chapel of the Dormition, Crypt of the Prelatic Church Our Lady of Peace, Rome, Italy