August 15. Sunday 20B. ASSSUMPTION. Some of the Catholics in the group were given a chance to explain to others their devotion to Mary, also because August is Women’s month after all and this Sunday is the patronal feast of South Africa.  Different people shared how they saw her as a powerful queen, a mother, a sorrowing mother, at times possibly angry at events in her life and that of her son.  She had experienced exile, and losing a child is very painful as some had also  experienced. Some liked the “gentle woman” that we see on Christmas cards. All agreed with the words she herself used, “The Lord has done great things for me.” The sharing was enlightening for all and they agreed a patroness can be all those things.  

Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.  For behold henceforth all generations will call me blessed: for he who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.  Luke 1:46-49. “Mary, Queen assumed into heaven, patroness of South Africa, pray for us.”

Pope Francis:  Families, like Mary, are asked to face their family’s challenges with courage and serenity in good times and bad, and to keep in their heart the great things which God has done.  The treasury of Mary’s heart also contains the experiences of every family which she cherishes. AL30. At her side in the Holy Family of Nazareth stands the figure of St Joseph. He can teach us how to show care, he can inspire us to work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.  LS 242