… after he dismissed them, he went up on a mountain side by himself to pray. (Matthew 14:23)Prayer is a necessary part of communication with God. It is an exercise of our faith in God. It is a way of knowing and believing that God hears and answers prayers according to His will. Most important for Mary it is a reminder of returning our focus to her Son, Jesus.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:44)Mary is the mother of Jesus. Her whole purpose is directed towards conceiving the Son of God. We are all children of God and therefore, her children as well. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary a dogma:
"By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory."The Feast Day of the Assumption is August 15. As we are at Mass on this Feast day, I think we should thank Mary for her wanting to remind us of the importance of prayer and penance so we will all one day become witnesses of God.
Copyright 2018 Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh
About the Author
Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) completed her education in Special Education and English and now works as an Agent in the Insurance Industry. A mother and Grandmother, Cathy grew up in a large Catholic family and has spent the last 30 years as a caregiver for her husband, Jack. She is a cancer survivor which inspired her to begin writing six years ago.