• August 15th -The Feast of the Assumption

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    August 15th -The Feast of the Assumption
    of the Blessed Mother of Our Lord
    by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876

    Three things are today recalled to our memory: the happy departure of
    Mary, the mother of Jesus, from this world, her glorious entrance into
    heaven, and her coronation in heaven. Christ, our Lord, did not take
    His mother with Him when He ascended to heaven, as He had the power to
    do, but preferred that she should remain on earth a few more years, to
    be a consolation and an example of virtue to the Christians. The holy
    mother passed this time, which, according to the opinion of many,
    lasted twenty-three years, in great holiness, occupied in prayer,
    meditation on the heavenly mysteries and joys; in the remembrance of
    all that her beloved Son had done for thirty-three years for the
    salvation of mankind, and in instructing and encouraging the
    Christians. She had the great joy of seeing and hearing how the faith
    in her Divine Son was spreading everywhere among the Jews and the
    heathens. Her desire to be called away from earth to be re-united to
    her Son daily increased. God at length heeded her prayer and sent an
    Angel to announce to her the day of her departure. O! how rejoiced was
    the heart of Mary at this message! When the day arrived, on which her
    soul was to go to heaven, not only those Christians who were related
    to her, and those who knew her were there, but all the apostles,
    excepting St. Thomas, who were preaching all over the world, were
    present....

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    PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS.

    1. Mary's death was caused by her love of God. Who can be surprised at
    this? She had continually lived in the love of God. All that she did
    or suffered, she did or suffered for the love of God. How will your
    death be? If you live without the love of God, or if you live under
    the displeasure of the Almighty, you have reason to fear that you will
    die in His displeasure. You have been told before now that you will
    probably die as you have lived. "Their end will be according to their
    works," says the holy apostle (II. Corinth, xi. 15). And the prophet
    Isaias wrote, long before: "Say to the just man that it is well; for,
    he shall eat the fruit of his doings. Woe to the wicked unto evil;
    for, the reward of his hands shall be given him (Isaias iii. 11),"
    that is to say, he will be punished as he deserves, according to his
    works. He has lived in sin; he shall die in sin and go to destruction.
    It is a miracle of divine mercy when anyone who has lived long in sin,
    dies happily. This may happen to one in a hundred. If you desire to
    die in the love and grace of God, endeavor to live in the love and
    grace of God. Keep your conscience free from sin. If you should have
    committed sin, either from weakness or wickedness, cleanse your soul immediately by the means which Christ has ordained, in order to be
    reinstated in the grace of the Almighty. Take care, also that you
    cultivate the love of God, as so many saints have done, in order that
    you may die in His love.

    2. Mary was exalted in Heaven above all saints, because she had not
    only surpassed them in dignity, but also in merits and virtues. If you
    cannot surpass others in virtue and piety, endeavor, at least, to
    imitate them. Today resolve to imitate the divine mother in that
    virtue of which we have just spoken; fervent love for God. All that
    you say or do, say or do it for the love of God. Mary is called the
    mother of beautiful love. Beautiful love is to love God for Himself
    and our neighbor for His sake. Mary is the mother of beautiful, divine
    love. As such, invoke her today with great confidence. Beg her to
    obtain for you powerful graces that you too may die with burning love
    for the Giver of All Life. Oh! if you were so happy as to die from
    intense love for God! Pray for this with especial devotion this day
    and henceforth. Say in the Angelus, "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray
    for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen." The custom
    of saying the Angelus is very ancient and has been practiced by the
    most zealous servants of God.

    The following prayer is by St. Ephrem: "Protect me now and
    forevermore, O, divine mother! thou mother of mercy ! Save me, O holy
    and unspotted Virgin! from all harm and from the temptations of the
    Evil One. Be my intercessor at the hour of death, and guard me from
    the unquenchable fire. Deign, oh! most merciful mother, to receive me
    to contemplate the glory of thy Son."


    Bible Quote:
    Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and
    receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your
    souls. [James 1: 21] RSVCE


    Bible Quote:
    For whatever was written in former days was written for our
    instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the
    scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of steadfastness and
    encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in
    accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice
    glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Romans 15:4-6]
    RSVCE


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    ("A Year with the Saints" August: Diligence)

    17. Even little actions are great when they are done well; so that a
    little action done with desire to please God is more acceptable to
    Him, and gives Him more glory, than a great work done with less
    fervor. We must, then, give particular attention to perform well the
    little works, which are easiest, and are constantly within our reach,
    if we wish to advance in friendship with God.
    --St. Francis de Sales

    St. Ignatius said of a lay-brother who was a mason that he wrought for
    himself in Heaven as many crowns as he laid bricks or gave strokes of
    the hammer, on account of the pure and upright intention with which he
    animated these works.

    It is told of St. Francis Xavier that he was very careful to do little
    things well, and that he used to say: "We must not deceive ourselves,
    for he who does not take pains to excel in little things, will never
    do so in great."
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