Saint Alphonsus on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Taken from”The Glories of Mary” by Saint Alphonsus Liguori:

MARY dies; but how does she die? She dies entirely detached from any affection for created things, and dies consumed with that divine love with which her most holy heart was always and entirely inflamed. Oh holy mother, thou hast already left the earth; do not forget us, miserable pilgrims, who remain in this valley of tears struggling against so many enemies, who desire to see us lost in hell. Ah, by the merits of thy precious death, obtain for us detachment from earthly things, pardon of our sins, love to God, and holy perseverance; and, when the hour of our death shall arrive, assist us from heaven with thy prayers, and obtain for us to come and kiss thy feet in paradise.

Mary dies, and her most pure body is carried by the holy apostles, and placed in the sepulchre, and is guarded by angels for three days, after which it is transported to paradise but her beautiful soul entered, as soon as she expired, the kingdom of the blessed, accompanied by innumerable angels and by her Son himself. Having entered heaven, she humbly presents herself to God, adores him, and, with unbounded love, thanks him for all the graces which she has received from him. God embraces her, blesses her, and constitutes her queen of the universe, exalting her above all the angels and saints. Now, if the human mind, as the apostle says, cannot arrive at the comprehension of the great glory that God is preparing in heaven for his servants who have loved him on this earth, what must be the glory that he gave to this his most holy mother, who on earth has loved him more than all the saints and angels, and has loved him with all her power ! So that Mary alone, when she entered heaven, could say to God: Oh my Lord, if I have not loved thee on earth as thou dost merit, at least I have loved thee as much as I could.

Let us rejoice with Mary in the glory with which her God has enriched her; and let us also rejoice for ourselves, for Mary, at the same time was made queen of the world, and appointed our advocate. She is so merciful an advocate, that she consents to defend all sinners who recommend themselves to her; and she is so powerful with our Judge that she gains all the causes which she defends. Oh our queen and advocate, in thy hand is our salvation; if thou dost pray for us, we shall be saved. Say to thy Son that thou dost wish us with thee in paradise. He denies thee nothing that thou dost ask. Oh our life, our sweetness, and our hope ! Mary, pray to Jesus for us.

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One Response to Saint Alphonsus on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  1. Roger says:

    Thank you.
    To Jesus through Mary

    Our Immaculate Mother put on the cloak of Fallen Eve. She in her lowliness had already submitted herself to the ritual of Purification (which for Her was unnecessary) and then comes this miracle.

    The miracle is Our Lady’s death since she wasn’t subject to God’s anathema on Fallen Adam and Eve. Our Lady chose death in lowly humility.

    To understand Our Heavenly Mother we need to stand with Her at the foot of the Cross. See her with the body of Our Lord in her arms. To many dwell on the Nativity and to few love the Pieta. Her holy tears at the foot of the Cross are of Joy and Sorrow.

    Joy at the Triumph Of the Redeemer (and how appropriate that glorious statue at Rio!) and sorrow at the dreadful price paid for Our Sin by Our Lord.

    Away with Fear and Guilt.

    Here is Our Mother and She will cover Us with Her Holy Mantle. We can learn from Her how turn Our true tears into Contrition and Love.

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