Charles Healey SJ writes:
Since St Ignatius had such a strong commitment to and love of Jesus, it should come as no surprise that he also had a deep and abiding devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus. A favorite prayerful request of his to Mary was: “Place me with your Son.” | Praying with the Jesuits (Paulist Press, 2011)
Time and time again, we seek the intercession of Mary. While venerated, she is not worshipped, but rather points us to her Son and our Lord in whom all things are fulfilled. In John’s gospel at the wedding in Cana where Jesus performs his first sign, it is Mary who issues the imperative, saying, “Do whatever he tells you.”
There is a lot to say about Mary and about the feast of the Assumption, but perhaps for now, let us look at this note, again from Fr Healey:
The feast of the Assumption (August 15) is still one of the traditional days on which Jesuits pronounce their vows…
Since it is only the beginning of the day this morning, pause for a moment and ask yourself prayerfully:
- What are the vows I have made? How do I live them?
- Where I fall short, I ask for the grace to stand up again.
- Where I excel, I ask for the grace of gratitude and humility, always praising God.
Let the day unfold gently, remembering the vows we have made to the Lord. God knows all that is in our hearts, let Mary take them to Him.