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Meditations for this Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Crossroads Initiative ^ | 8th Century | St. John Damascene

Posted on 08/15/2006 4:23:45 AM PDT by Carolina

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To: Salvation

Ooops! This is it! Nevermind... hehe

21 posted on 08/15/2006 8:07:31 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: COBOL2Java

You have FReepmail.

22 posted on 08/15/2006 8:13:36 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Carolina
Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-15-06, Solemnity, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
23 posted on 08/15/2006 8:18:52 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Carolina
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary IS
a Holy Day of Obligation!
See you in Church!
Carracci's Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

24 posted on 08/15/2006 9:02:08 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Lovely. Mass was wonderful this morning. Chant, traditional hymns, and another great homily from Father.

25 posted on 08/15/2006 9:10:42 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: All

~by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Today the glorious Virgin has ascended into heaven, surely filling up the measure of joy of those who dwell there. But it might seem more fitting for us to weep than to clap our hands. If heaven rejoices in Mary’s presence, does it not follow that our world below should bemoan her absence? Nevertheless, let us make an end of our repining, for here we have no abiding city: we seek the very city to which blessed Mary has gone today. If we are enrolled as citizens of heaven, it is surely right for us to remember her and to share her joy even in our exile, even here beside the waters of Babylon. Our Queen has gone before us, and so glorious has been her entry into paradise that we, her servants, confidently follow our mistress, crying: Draw us after you and we shall run toward the fragrance of your perfumes. We in our exile have sent on ahead of us our advocate who, as mother of our judge and mother of mercy, will humbly and effectively look after everything that concerns our salvation.

Today earth has sent a priceless gift up to heaven, so that by giving and receiving within the blessed bond of friendship, the human is wedded to the divine, earth to heaven, the depths to the heights. A sublime fruit of the earth has gone up to heaven, from whence the best gifts, the perfect gifts descend. The blessed Virgin has ascended on high and therefore she too will give gifts to us. And why not? Surely she lacks neither the ability to do so, nor the will. She is the queen of heaven; she is compassionate; she is the mother of the only-begotten Son of God. This more than anything proves the greatness of her power and love—unless, perhaps, we do not believe that the Son of God honors his mother, or unless we doubt that Love itself, which is born of God and rested nine months in her womb, evoked a response of love in her heart.

But quite apart form the benefits that will accrue to us through her glorification, if we love her we shall rejoice because she goes to her Son. We shall certainly congratulate her without reserve, unless—which God forbid—we are wholly without gratitude toward her who has found for us the way of grace. The Lord, who she first received when he entered the village of this world, today receives her into the holy city. But can you imagine with how much joy, with how much glory? On earth there was no worthier place for Mary to receive the son of God than the temple of her virginal womb. Nor in heaven is there a worthier place for her than that royal throne to which her Son has today exalted her.

Who can describe either how Christ was begotten or how Mary was taken up into heaven? Just as Mary surpassed in grace all others on earth, so also in heaven is her glory unique. If eye has not seen or ear heard or the human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love him, who can express what he has prepared for the woman who gave him birth and who loved him, as everyone knows, more than anyone else? Blessed indeed is Mary, blessed in many ways, both in receiving the Savior, and in being received by the Savior.

26 posted on 08/15/2006 10:02:55 AM PDT by Carolina
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27 posted on 08/15/2006 10:26:43 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Carolina
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."

Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I thirst."

Thank you Jesus! Blessed Virgin Mary pray for us. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us.

28 posted on 08/15/2006 4:10:20 PM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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To: Carolina
Sorry, I was simply responding to your invitation in post six "Please add your favorite meditations for this day"

And that is all I did, I was not looking for a debate, nor chastisement, just posting one of my fovorite verses of Scripture, one I have thought long and hard over.

29 posted on 08/15/2006 4:11:10 PM PDT by thiscouldbemoreconfusing
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Yes, I understand. But to us Catholics, that verse is like a cudgel used to beat us for our supposed idolatry of Mary. No matter how much we explain, non-Catholics know better than we what our interior motivations are.

Today is the day we honor the Mother of Our Lord, who through her humility opened the gate of Salvation for us, and her utter dependence and trust in God showed us the way of perfect obedience. We are not confused as to whom we worship. Worship belongs to God alone. With regards to the Virgin Mary, God loved her and honored her. Out of all the human race, he chose her to give His Beloved Son His human frame. So we venerate her and show her honor. It grieves us when she is dishonored. So on this day of the remembrance of her triumph we invite everyone to meditate on Mary, the woman whom every generation should call Blessed.

30 posted on 08/15/2006 4:52:37 PM PDT by Carolina
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