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14 August 2011: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mother Mary statuePerhaps there is nothing so distinctively Catholic as our devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus.  For hundreds of years Christians observed the feat of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - celebrating Mary being taken bodily to heaven after her death.  In 1950 the Church proclaimed this teaching a dogma of the Church.

In her Magnificat Mary herself acknowledged that it is all God's grace.  "For the One who is mighty has done great things to me."  And it is the same grace of God who would not allow decay in the body of Mary after death.  We believe this in simplicity of faith as a sign of hope for us all.  God's love is stronger than all evil and corruption.  God's power is stronger than death itself.

"By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either.  The luminous sign of Our Lady taken up into heaven shines out even more brightly when sad shadows of suffering and violence seem to loom on the horizon.  We may be sure of it: from on high, Mary follows our footsteps with gentle concern, dispels the gloom in moments of darkness and distress, reassures us with her motherly hand.  Let us forge ahead in our lives under Mary's guidance."

Pope Benedict XVI