Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

As we honour Mary today on this beautiful solemnity of her assumption into heaven, I share with you the Morning and Evening Poem for August 15th, by Thomas E. Burke, C.S.C. (as found in “Hail Mary.  A Marian Book of Hours”, compiled by William G. Storey, D.M.S.):

If flowers are too stainless to remain
Concealed in the dark caverns of the earth,
But must be lifted up by God again
To know a second birth – a glad rebirth!
How could Christ leave her body in the tomb
Who was above all other women blest,
Who gave him refuge in her virgin womb,
And fed him on the lilies of her breast?
Is she not fairer far than any flower?
What bloom could ever boast her loveliness?
What fragrant rose in its sequestered bower
Has ever vied with her in spotlessness?
Truly the Lord, her God, the Holy One,
Has placed his tabernacle in the sun!

Today I celebrate my 5th anniversary of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I can hardly believe it’s been five years already. (Or has it only been five years… mystery of mysteries… I’ll explain in my next post…)