August 13, 2017

August 8, 2017

My dear parishioners,

In 1950, five years after the end of the carnage of the Second World War which had ruptured the peace of the world and during which millions of human beings, made in the image and likeness of God, had been consigned to oblivion and literally gone up in smoke, Pope Pius XII promulgated the doctrine of the Assumption.

 

The Assumption is a teaching about the value of an individual human life to the rest of humanity. He declared in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus that ‘the Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, on completing the course of her early life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.’

 

The human being, who most reflected the splendor of her Son’s humanity and his obedient response to the Father’s will, did not undergo separation from him. Mary, who was at his side on the Way of the Cross and who accepted the role of Mother of the Church at the foot of the cross, was called to his side in heavenly glory.

 

The key to the celebration of this feast is relationship. Mary is related to her Son through the grace of election and purity which she enjoyed from the first moment of her creation. Being without sin the relationship of obedient love was never broken. She also enjoyed the relationship of maternity. Jesus grew in Mary’s womb, they shared a common life, They were of ‘one flesh’ not simply by virtue of his being the Second Adam but by virtue of her maternity. It is this flesh, the total bodily reality of the Incarnate Word, which ascends to heavenly glory. At the end of her earthly life it is this body, in which the redeemer of the world was welcomed and nurtured, which is re-united with the glorified Christ.

 

Masses are Tuesday, a Holy Day of Obligation, August 15th at 7:00 am and 5:30 pm.

 

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

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