Mary’s Assumption can be easily understood by love. It is also love that is the source and cause of her perfect beauty. Being intimately close to God, she radiates His infinite beauty. This celebration of Mary’s Assumption inspires us to hope. Pope Benedict XVI said: “For over a thousand years, the Church has greeted Mary, the Mother of God, as ‘Star of the Sea’: Ave maris stella! Human life is a journey. Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. They are lights of hope. Who more than Mary could be a star of hope for us?” (Spe Salvi, 49). Let us turn to Mary. She gives us hope that, like her and through her maternal intervention, we will find the way to heaven, our true and lasting home.
August 16, 2017