August 15th – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Let us contemplate the Blessed Virgin, who rose up to heaven to receive the reward for Her life of total conformity to the holy Will of God. Let us ask to fulfill all the designs of God upon us, following the example of our good Mother. Let us prove our devotion to Her by imitating Her in all things.
Let us ask our heavenly Mother to live on earth doing good as She did. May our company be beneficial to all, may we be a subject of joy for our neighbor. The Blessed Virgin was modest and effaced; She made Herself the Handmaid of all. People who were with Her had no idea of all the privileges and prerogatives She had received from Heaven, for Mary was so simple and unaffected. She seemed to be a perfectly ordinary person, but She stood out by Her humility, Her effacement, Her amiability, Her dedication, Her charity and Her kindness.
Let us ask Her to warm our hearts with the fire of Her Immaculate Heart, all burning with love for Her children of earth; may She fill us with Her generous charity. Let us ask Her above all to imbue us with Her humility; without humility, there can be no true charity.
Let us give thanks to our Mother for everything She does for us: She is the Coredemptrix with Her divine Son to work out our salvation. Mary continues unceasingly to occupy Herself with our souls; She intervenes continually to protect Her children here below. Let us thank Her for Her visits to the earth..
The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin
Let us contemplate the Blessed Virgin Mary being crowned by Her divine Son. She received the reward for Her holy life. How happy She is to have sacrificed Herself on earth, to have suffered for the love of God! Let us ask to be strong souls ready to do everything and suffer everything to merit a beautiful crown in heaven like the Blessed Virgin did; She did not steal Her crown.
We are on earth only in passing. Everything will vanish for us in this world, but heaven remains. If we serve God faithfully in this short life, we will soon join the Saints in Paradise to enjoy an eternity of boundless happiness with our God who is so good, with Jesus our Saviour, with our good heavenly Mother. That is the goal of our pilgrimage in this world, let us not forget it for a moment. Our little life passes very quickly, and soon we will be in the other world. People are senseless; they want to enjoy life and have a good time. All that will remain of our life is having labored for God, having sacrificed everything for His love.
Let us lift our souls unceasingly to God. Let us not remain glued to the earth; it is too depressing to look at so many ugly, disgusting things. We must lift ourselves above the earth, look at everything in God, rise above the clouds like a plane. Let us rise above all the miseries of this world, let us rise up into God’s heaven.
Let us ask for the Blessed Virgin’s protection, Her assistance, Her guidance. Let us consecrate ourselves to this good Mother. Let us entrust Her with everything that concerns us. Let us put everything in Her hands: She will take care of us like a good Mother. Let us ask Her to teach us to know and love Her Jesus, to serve Him and please Him in all things. Amen.
Drawn from Meditation of the Mysteries of the Rosary, by Father John Gregory of the Trinity, O.D.M., available from Editions Magnificat, item number 2196.