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Sunday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation that is met by our Sunday obligation since the feast occurs on a Sunday. On the Feast of the Assumption we remember and celebrate the occasion when Mary was assumed, body and soul, into Heaven. St. Francis de Sales best explains the Feast of the Assumption:
"After the soul of the blessed virgin had left its most pure body, her body was laid in the tomb and restored to the earth. The same thing happened to the body of her Son. It was reasonable and just that the mother should not enjoy more privileges than the Son, but as Our Lord rose after three days, so she was restored to life, but in a different manner. The Savior rose by His own power; the Virgin Mary rose by the power of her Son, Who commanded her soul to be reunited with her body. It was right that her most holy body should not be subject to corruption. From that body Our Lord Jesus Christ had taken His bodily existence, remaining in her most chaste womb for the space of nine months." (Sermons 21; O. p.184)
On another occasion St. Francis said, “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.” Throughout her life, Mary demonstrated these qualities. As a child, her gentleness prepared her to accept the role God intended for her as mother of Jesus Christ. Her strength as the Sorrowful Mother was never gentler than when she stood at the foot of the Cross. Gentleness and strength are the characteristics that will guide us through life.
The Columbus Catholic Connection: Saturday, August 21, there will be an Open House at Divine Mercy Ministry from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The Divine Mercy Ministry (formerly the Salesian Boys and Girls Club) at, 80 S. 6th St., Columbus, will be open to the public, offering a tour to show facility’s conversion into living and working space for women newly released from prison. For more information call, 614-575-0282.