Happy Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption

Wishing all our bloggers and readers a very happy Feast of the Assumption. Feel free to share your favourite prayers, hymns, stories – even your favourite jokes, of the good clean fun variety – to celebrate the Feast. But first, click here to read Munificentissimus Deus – the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII defining the dogma of the Assumption in 1950.   “We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.”
–Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

13 responses

  1. Happy Feast to one and all…

    Today would be a good day to place those among our family and friends who are lapsed or in some spiritual danger into Our Lady’s care. She loves to be asked for her help as this beautiful remark of one of the Church’s great saints confirms:

    “Not only do they offend thee, O Lady, who outrage thee, but thou art also offended by those who neglect to ask thy favours . . . He who neglects the service of the Blessed Virgin will die in his sins . . . He who does not invoke thee, O Lady, will never get to Heaven . . . Not only will those from whom Mary turns her countenance not be saved, but there will be no hope of their salvation . . . No one can be saved without the protection of Mary.” (Saint Bonaventure, Cardinal-Bishop and Doctor of the Church).

    • Spectacular! Truly beautiful.

      Thank you for posting that gorgeous rendering of Ave Maria, Theresa Rose.

      Watching it, I thought three things: how can anyone not see the beauty of our Catholic religion? How can anyone fail to love Our Lady? And, thirdly, no wonder the Devil has targeted the Catholic Church for especially vicious attack, at this time. Just when, given the diabolical state of the world, people would be rushing to her, as happened in the years before “that Council”… He’s a clever devil, we have to give him that!

      Again – a very happy Feast day to you and all our bloggers.

  2. Happy Feast Day everyone.

    What a sad and sickening start to the day however, with the news from Pennsylvania, where the State Grand Jury found that the Church was found to have covered up abuse of ~1,000 minors by some 300 (!) priests over 70 years.

    Cardinal Wuerl is apparently mentioned in the region of 200 times in the report.

    This seems never ending and, with men like McCarrick and Wuerl in charge, it is small wonder.

  3. Gabriel Syme,

    Our posts went up at the same time – I’ve alluded to these sordid cases in my praise for the Ave Maria posted by Theresa Rose. The Devil knows what he’s about.

    The infiltration of homosexuals into the priesthood is the reason for the sex abuse scandal – the majority of assaults being on boys, it seems obvious, even if we didn’t know that the seminaries have long ignored the prohibition on accepting homosexuals into the priesthood.

    We should pray especially to Our Lady today for any sound bishops in the Church to come out (excuse the pun) and insist on cleaning out the stables. There’s no need for all these enquiries into child abuse cases. Canon Law already provides for reducing priests to the lay state in certain cases and abusing children has to be one such occasion when a priest must be “defrocked”. Definitely.

    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

      • Gabriel Syme,

        Yes, I noticed that, as well.

        Also, I am always suspicious about the claims of abuse that are about people now deceased, whether priests or not. It’s a basic injustice to accuse someone of something when they can’t defend themselves. I know there are some cases, Jimmy Saville is one, where the sheer volume of cases makes a difference, but apart from that, I would be reluctant to believe that someone who can’t defend himself was an abuser, unless there was irrefutable evidence.

        I notice that the Pennsylvania cases include girls as well as boys – it would be very interesting to discover the actual stats on how many girls as opposed to how many boys, were allegedly abused by priests.

  4. A very happy feast to all bloggers.

    I,too, am utterly sickened by all these abuse allegations. How can a priest hold Jesus in his hands on a daily basis and commit these horrendous mortal sins? 70 years would take us way back to before the council but I suppose the rot takes time to set in. I would think that Modernism is behind most of these abuses and THAT was raging in the Church during Pope Pius X’s reign and simply lay dormant awaiting an opportune time in history.

    • Olaf,

      My own feeling about that is that abusing priests don’t believe it’s Jesus they are holding in their hands, they won’t believe in Transubstantiation. I think that is a given. I can’t imagine a believing priest doing these shocking things to children.

      • Margaret Mary

        Agreed, I think it stands to reason. There is also of course the horrific possibility that some of them do believe, and compound their sacrilege by abusing the Blessed Sacrament for demonic reasons. For instance, I was much struck by the terrible testimony which has been made public in the last day of 2 of the 7-year old boy who was forced to strip naked and was then photographed by the evil clergy present in a cruciform position. That strikes me as satanic.

  5. To all the Maries,
    I wish a holy and happy feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    May she bless you and accompany you in this life!

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