Persevere

“As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through perseverance.” Luke 8: 4-15

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Happy Birthday Mary

FruitFather of mercy,
give your people help and strength from heaven.
The birth of the Virgin Mary’s Son
was the dawn of our salvation
May this celebration of her birthday
bring us closes to lasting peace.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Gift to the Blessed Mother: To be in the state of grace, to be good souls (soil), so that His words (seed of eternal life) can bring numerous fruits. While we have to accept pain along the way—hope exists, offering a piece of heaven for ourselves and those around us.

Assumption

WomanPrayingRosary“Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!” But he replied, “Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11: 27-28

The Blessed Mother is a constant help for those sincerely seeking to hear the word of God and live it — urging us to pray constantly.

Jesus is the “new man” (cf. Eph 4:24; Col 3:10) who calls redeemed humanity to share in his divine life. The mystery of the Incarnation lays the foundations for an anthropology which, reaching beyond its own limitations and contradictions, moves toward God himself, indeed toward the goal of “divinization.” ┬áThis occurs through the grafting of the redeemed onto Christ and their admission into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life. The Fathers have laid great stress on this soteriological dimension of the mystery of the Incarnation: it is only because the Son of God truly became man that man, in him and through him, can truly become a child of God. Saint Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 2001

Artwork: Paul Cezanne