St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Novena for the Assumption of Our Lady Day 7
Dear Family of Mary!
Day 7 of our Novena!! We hear today from St. John Paul II! He assures us that today Our Lady is close to us. She shines before us as the woman who made up for the guilt of Eve, by saying “yes” to God without reserve, conceiving Jesus. Mary turned the tide of sin and brokenness by her “yes” and now she intercedes for us all in heaven, where she was assumed, body and soul! St. John Paul II wrote:
“Today the liturgy invites us to contemplate Mary, taken up body and soul into heaven. By a special privilege, she was enriched by divine grace from the moment of her conception, and Christ, who ascended to the right hand of the Father, opened the doors of his kingdom to her, first among human creatures. Now from heaven, where the Queen of the angels and saints is crowned, the Mother of God and of the Church is close to the Christian people before whom she shines as the “new and immaculate woman (who) mediated for the guilt of the first woman.” – Pope St. John Paul II (West)
But we need to choose to be close to her, through prayer, so that she can tend to us. We need her care, so very much. She has told us:
“Dear children! Today I invite you to decide to give time patiently for prayer. Little children, you cannot say you are mine and that you have experienced conversion through my messages if you are not ready to give time to God every day. I am close to you and I bless you all. Little children, do not forget that if you do not pray you are not close to me, nor are you close to the Holy Spirit who leads you along the path to holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (July 25, 1994)
Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption
by Pope St. Pius X
O sweet Virgin Mary.
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