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Monday, August 15, 2011

Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mary

Good morning. One never knows what the day brings. Here in today’s reading we have Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth who despite her old age was going to have a baby because for God nothing is impossible. The prayers of Zachariah and Elizabeth were answered. Like Zachariah we too pray for things. Like Zachariah we too hope for things. And like Elizabeth who announces in today’s Gospel that the Lord is with us we too know that the Lord is present in our lives and He responds to our yearnings. He was with Linda and I here recently and He responded to our prayers. In the midst of it all Linda turned to me and implored “Please pray!”—I was. He is with us. We’ve come to know that we need God in our lives and we’ve come to rely upon Him in good times and bad. When we cry out for help, the Lord hears us and listens. We’ve come to know that He is with us. The Lord responded to the prayers of Zachariah and Elizabeth. So too He will respond to the prayers of all couples who set their needs before Him. Only 1% of marriages where couples pray together wind-up in divorce. One never knows what the day brings but do know that the Lord is here with us. If our marriage is based in faith then the disbelief of the world around us cannot influence us. Place your marriage in His hands, invite Him into your marriage today. Make a great day!

Today we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.

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