The Feast of the Assumption is a day of joy. God has won. Love has won. It has won life. Love has shown that it is stronger than death, that God possesses the true strength and that his strength is goodness and love. Mary was taken up body and soul into Heaven: there is even room in God for the body. Heaven is no longer a very remote sphere unknown to us. We have a mother in Heaven. And the Mother of God, the Mother of the Son of God, is our Mother. He himself has said so. He made her our Mother when he said to the disciple and to all of us: "Behold, your Mother!". We have a Mother in Heaven. Heaven is open, Heaven has a heart. ~Pope Benedict XVI, 8/15/05 Homily for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“This is my beloved Son in whom I am well
pleased, listen to him.” ~Matthew 17:5
is my Son,” who does not take away from me my Divinity, nor does He divide
power, nor eternity.
is my Son,” — He is not adopted, but really, not indeed created, but generated
from me, no different in nature and made similar unto me. But He is of my very
being and was born equal to me.
is my Son”, through whom all things were made and without whom nothing was
made” (Jn 1.3): all that I do he also does it (Jn 5.19) and as I work, he works
with me without a difference. In fact, the Father is in the Son just as the Son
is in the Father (Jn 10:38), and our unity never separates. And though I the
one who generates is different from the one generated, it is not however
allowed to have a different opinion about him that one can have of me.
is my Son,” who did not count equality of with me something to be grasped at
(Phil. 2.6), or to usurp, appropriating it for himself; rather, while remaining
in the condition of his glory, he, to complete the design of the restoration of
mankind, brought to humility the immutable Divinity to the condition of a
Him, therefore, in whom is all my pleasure, and whose teachings I manifest,
whose humility glorifies me — listen to him without hesitation, for he is truth
and life (Jn 14.6), he is my strength and my wisdom (1 Cor 1.24).
to Him,” he whom the Mysteries of the Law announced; whom the voice of the
prophets sang about.
to Him,” he who has redeemed the world with his blood, who has chained the
devil and who has snatched away the spoil (Mt 12:29), who has torn up the
document of our debts (Col 2:14), and the covenant that oppressed us.
to Him,” he who opens the way to heaven, and with the agony of the cross,
prepares there the stairs leading up to the Kingdom. Why are you afraid of
being redeemed? Why are you afraid of being dissolved from your chains? Let it
happen that, what I wish, Christ also wills. Throw away that carnal fear and
arm yourself with the constancy that inspires faith. It is unworthy of you, in
fact, to be afraid of what in the Lord’s passion you would not fear in death,
with his help.