Mary is now in heaven, body and soul. And just as Christ the King governs his Church from there, so too Mary his Queen Mother intercedes for sinners there and sends us help and encouragement.
This is reason behind the many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout history.
And it is also the reason why the Church encourages all of us, old and young, men and women, boys and girls, to have a strong devotion to Mary.
Sometimes we say a lot of prayers, sometimes we kneel in front of pretty pictures and say ten Hail Marys and then go back to work and start gossiping, lying, nagging, cheating, or otherwise making other people’s lives miserable. That is not true devotion to Mary.
The beautiful paintings and the simple, profound Marian prayers are meant to stir up in our hearts a strong desire to IMITATE Mary’s Son, to follow in Christ’s footsteps, just as she did.
True devotion to Mary means doing that: self-forgetfully giving our lives for the good of those around us, just like our Mother.
Today as we renew our faith in Christ’s power by contemplating the great miracle of the Assumption, let’s ask our heavenly Mother to obtain for us that all-important grace of gradually changing our selfish hearts into self-giving, Christian ones.