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A Few “Assumptions” About Mary

Anne Bender discusses the upcoming "Feast of the Assumption" by making a few "assumptions" about the Mother of God.

Anne Bender

Anne Bender
President of Roses For Our Lady
Parishioner of St. Matthias, Milwaukee

On August 15th we have the great joy of celebrating our Blessed Mother’s Assumption into heaven, the moment when her Son lovingly carried her within his arms to her eternal glory. Although Mary was the Mother of God, she was also blessedly human, with so many of the same struggles and feelings, which we also endure.  In honor of the Feast of the Assumption, I would like to make a few “assumptions” about our lovely Mother to whom every parent can look to as a role model of perfection.

I assume that Mary delighted in each and every kick of the infant Jesus inside her womb, and used those kicks as a reminder to thank God for the blessing of the life within her.

I assume that Mary lovingly prayed for her mother, St. Anne, each time she wrapped the baby Jesus in the swaddling blanket that St. Anne so lovingly wove from finest fabric for her grandson.

I assume that Mary grimaced as she scrubbed the dirt from Jesus' neck when he returned home after a full day of helping St. Joseph in the carpenter shop.

I assume that Mary worried about the friends that Jesus associated with, and prayed that they would be faithful and well-behaved.

I assume that Mary cried the day that Jesus left to begin his mission in life, as the empty place within her heart which would one day contain the sword, began to ache just a bit.

I assume that Mary would have rather died on that cross herself, than to stand helplessly beneath it.

Holy, sweet, beautiful Mother, on this glorious day of your Assumption into heaven, I ask you to remember all parents who long to follow in your path of holiness. Ask your Son to fill our hearts with a gentle love like yours, a love that silently ponders the wonders and sorrows of our world, as we await our own glorious entrances into the eternal kingdom of heaven. Amen.

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