The Blessed Mother has been very important to my life, especially after my conversion. I know I am not devoted as I should be, but I try to commit myself every day to her Immaculate Heart.
But on a day like today I cannot help but be happy for her. She lived a life free of sin and no gets a sneak preview of the Resurrection. No wonder this day is a holy day of obligation!
I wish that I had words to honor her properly. So instead I want to share with you some thoughts from Pope Benedict XVI via Catholicnews.com.
The story says that he "set aside his prepared text for much of his homily." George Weigel once said that Joseph Ratzinger was the only person he knew who spoke in paragraphs. His mind and his words are so well ordered that even spontaneously they flow with eloquence.
Below is a portion of the text of the article
On Assumption, pope says Mary is with God, listening to prayers
By Catholic News Service
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) -- Assumed into heaven, Mary is with God and is ready to listen and respond to cries for help, Pope Benedict XVI said.
Joining God in heaven, Mary "does not draw away from us, does not go to an unknown galaxy," but becomes "even closer to each one of us," the pope said Aug. 15 during his homily at Mass for the feast of the Assumption.
Mary's assumption, he said, gives believers "a sure hope: God expects us, he awaits us. We are not moving toward a void."
"And going to that other world, we will find the goodness of the Mother (Mary), we will find our loved ones, we will find eternal love," the pope said.
Pope Benedict... said that Mary's closeness to God ensures her closeness to all God's creatures.
"Mary, totally united with God, has a heart that is so big that all creation can find a place there," a fact illustrated by the votive offerings people around the world leave at Marian shrines and statues when their prayers are answered, he said.
Mary's presence in heaven shows that "in God there is room for man," he said.
At the same time, he said, she demonstrates that "in man there is room for God," and when God is present within individuals and they allow God to influence the way they act in the world, the world becomes a better place.
Many people today speak of their hopes for a better world, he said.
"If and when this better world will come, we do not know. But one thing is certain: A world that moves away from God will not become better, but worse. Only the presence of God can guarantee a better world."
The Christian hope for a better world and for finding a place with God for eternity "is not just yearning for heaven," but allowing one's desire for God to "make us untiring pilgrims, increasing our courage and strength of faith, which is at the same time the courage and strength of love," he said.
Hail Holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mornings, and weepings
in this valley of tears.
Turn then, Most Gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy
And after this our exile, show unto us the Blessed Fruit
of Thy Womb, Jesus
O Sweet Virgin Mary