Already it is the middle of August. When I lived in Rome, August 15th was a very big celebration called Feragosto. It was the last large feast day of the summer, similar to our civil celebration of Labor Day. Only this feast is actually that of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, there are two very beautiful mosaics: one depicts the birth of Jesus in swaddling clothes being placed in the arms of Our Lady; the other one depicts the birth of Mary into heaven, as an infant in swaddling clothes, being placed into the arms of Jesus.
I believe this mosaic contains many different symbols: 1) we are always a child of God; 2) death is really a birth; 3) faith is an experience of resting in the arms of another; 4) that the only-begotten Son of God was truly born into our human life, died our death thereby realizing his full identity with the Father.
This feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary assures us of our future, a future in which life is fully realized, that faith assures of that the promise of God is a promise we can count upon, that one who was only human like ourselves enjoys God’s favor. This feast reminds us of our destiny by God’s grace, His goodness, His desire that we live always with that hope that assures us of our destiny. May we all celebrate this beautiful holy day as it is meant to be celebrated.
God bless you all,