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Homily for Mass of the Assumption 8/15/18

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

What consolation is offered to us, in the midst of our struggles? We can read our current struggles in the light of the message of our Lady of Fatima. Evil is immense, but our Lord is greater. Our Lady’s Assumption is the motherly guarantee of God’s goodness triumphant.

This homily references a quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

“As for the new things which we can find in this message today, there is also the fact that attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church, and that the Church thus has a deep need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn forgiveness on the one hand, but also the need for justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice. In a word, we need to relearn precisely this essential: conversion, prayer, penance and the theological virtues. This is our response, we are realists in expecting that evil always attacks, attacks from within and without, yet that the forces of good are also ever present and that, in the end, the Lord is more powerful than evil and Our Lady is for us the visible, motherly guarantee of God’s goodness, which is always the last word in history.”  (source)

Readings came from the Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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