Assumption of the Virgin by Guercino (Wikimedia Commons)

 

As a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS), I chose the name Mary Francis of the Divine Mercy for use in Carmelite circles. The Assumption was one of my feast days. I fasted on the vigil and celebrated doubly on the 15th.  I have felt somewhat disconnected from this tradition since leaving Carmel three years ago. This year, I made sure to fast again. I want to feel a closer companionship with the Blessed Virgin as I strive to live a contemplative life.

Mary’s Assumption teaches us that our destiny is outside this world. Like her, we will all (if we end our lives in a state of grace) dwell bodily with God in Heaven following the Last Judgment. We need not fear death or annihilation. Instead, we must entrust ourselves totally to God as she did. Her fiat (“Let it be done unto me…”) is fulfilled in her Assumption.

My book blog tour wraps up today with an interview by author Erin McCole Cupp.  Here are some of my past posts on Mary:

Do you know these 5 facts about the Rosary?

What the Assumption means for you

Mary pondered all these things, do you?

Happy feast day!

Connie Rossini

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