Assumption of Our Lady. Family Thought: Women and Men Matter August 18

Assumption at Benedict Daswa church, Venda

Assumption, Mary Queen assumed into heaven, patroness of South Africa, pray for us.  “I think we are lucky in South Africa to have Mary as Queen assumed into heaven as our patroness,”  Octavia  shared.  “It kind of means to me that as a queen she is very powerful and as she is in heaven she has already completed her earthly life with all its joys and pains.  That gives me courage and hope when I struggle with my depression after the abuse I suffered. Sr Angela, my old RE teacher suggested that I pray to her and it really helps, even after my counselling.

“Henceforth all generations will call me blessed for he who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.   From the Magnificat. Luke 1:39-56. 

Pope Francis:  Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love.  She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain. As mother of all she is a sign of hope for peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice. As a true mother she walks at our side, shares our struggles and constantly surrounds us with God’s love.  EG286.

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