Monday, August 15, 2011

Assumption of Mary

The Assumption brings to mind the "woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rev. 12: 1).  St. Cyril of Alexandria calls Mary "an everlasting light,...a symbol of orthodoxy [by whom] the fallen race of man is taken up on high."  This solemnity reflects the glory in the world to come which we may hope for since, as St. John Damascene says, "our faces shine with Mary's radiance."  Let us, after her example, diligently conform ourselves to the image of Christ on earth that we may come to our eternal home where our Mother Mary has already gone to prepare a place for us.

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