Monday, August 15, 2011
Mary's Assumption and the Culture of Life
As we celebrate again the great feast of the Assumption of Mary, let us reflect on its significance in our present day affairs, especially in the area of preserving the culture of life.
The Assumption of Mary is a pro-life statement by God Himself, a fulfillment of His promise that He has a great plan for us and that He will never abandon us. Mary was the first sign given to us which points to the great reality of our ultimate destiny which is heaven. In this mystery, we can truly see how God values life so much as to glorify it body and soul and unite it to himself. How wrong of us therefore to undermine the sanctity of human life and treat it as if it were just a commodity at our own disposal.
Through this great mystery, we can also see clearly that it is the will of God to preserve human life and protect it from corruption brought about by sin. The Assumption is a living sign of God's fidelity to His promise that he will save from death all those who cooperate with life.
I would like to take this opportunity to promote devotion to the Holy Mother of God by encouraging you to read The Glories of Mary, one of the greatest works ever written concerning our Lady by St. Alphonsus Liguori.
"And after this our exile show unto us the blessed Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary." (Salve Regina)