August 9, 2019
St. Teressa Benedicta of the Cross
Novena in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Day 4
Dear Family of Mary!
Pope Pius XII understood our need for the Mother in these days when the world’s societies were plummeting into Godlessness and despair. He knew we would need a sign to solidify our faith and keep our eyes on God. He wrote:
“Finally it is our hope that belief in Mary’s bodily Assumption into heaven will make our belief in our own resurrection stronger and render it more effective”. (Munificentissimuss Deus)
This belief in our destiny as children of God who will live with Him forever in heaven gives us the peace that we need to stand firm as we live out our journey on earth. Our Lady has spoken to us in Medjugorje on many occasions about the dangers of our times and our need for hope in our future in heaven:
“Dear children! I rejoice with you and I invite you to prayer. Little children, pray for my intention. Your prayers are necessary to me, through which I desire to bring you closer to God. He is your salvation. God sends me to help you and to guide you towards paradise, which is your goal. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (September 25, 1994)
Our Lady tells us that God has sent her to help us and guide us towards paradise, which is our goal. Amazingly, it is because of the Assumption that Mary can now be sent back to us on earth, to guide and teach us. She comes to us really, body and soul, from heaven!! This is the fruit of the Assumption. And she is coming to help us believe that one day we too will be in heaven, body and soul!! This is our great hope and our destiny. To be in heaven with God, whole and entire.
But she tells us that we must, pray, pray, pray!!
Let’s give thanks to the Father for sending such a Mother to us in Medjugorje!
Let us pray:
Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X
O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.
We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.
We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of his beloved disciple: “Behold your son,” and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life.
We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.
We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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