Today I begin a novena for my son, Brother Peter Joseph, and all his brothers as they approach their First Vows; to be professed on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, 2012. If any of you have a mind to, please join me in praying for these young men as they step forward in faith to a radical remarkable life. ***
Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.
Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.
From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. In honor of your Assumption into heaven I ask for this favor: (Mention your request).
When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you.
*** I post this, and will for each day, with full knowledge that this is one of those uber Catholic things, all of this: the novena and the affection for Mary and the concept of the Assumption. I know, this can be divisive. I don’t mean to cause that…. But, my son is giving his life to his faith, answering that call in the boldest way I can see. So, I don’t mean to put any of you off, but, this is my faith and I believe it too. I love it, and try hard to life it as best as I can, even as I fail daily. But yeah, this is Catholic, this is me, praying for my son and all my Dominican sons. ****