Fourth Day

I.    Holy Rosary
II.    Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
III.    Meditation:

Figures from Holy Scripture

        CATHOLIC belief in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary does not rest on the explicit texts of Holy Scripture.  Although the holy Fathers make use of some events and figures taken from Sacred Scripture to explain their belief in the Assumption, it is only after we have accepted the fact that, out of filial love for His Mother, Jesus Christ has willed that she be assumed into heaven, that these texts admit of the interpretation given to them by the Fathers.

     The Fathers look upon the Ark of the Covenant, built of incorruptible wood and placed in the Lord's temple, as a type of the most pure body of the Virgin Mary, preserved and exempted from all the corruption of the tomb and raised up to such glory in heaven.

     The scholastic Doctors have also recognized the Assumption of the Virgin Mother of God in the Woman clothed with the Sun whom John the Apostle contemplated on the Island of Patmos.
    
        Similarly, from the words: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women,” they find in the mystery of the Assumption the fulfillment of that most perfect grace granted to the Blessed Virgin and the special blessing that countered the curse of Eve.

IV.    Practical Application:

Life of Faith

        One of the richest sources of merit for Mary was in the practice of faith.  It was by an act of faith that she consented to become the Mother of God.  Faith made her see even the impossible as an accomplished fact.  To be a mother yet remain a virgin!  How often she must have pondered on that truth, and every time made her act of faith: God said it!

        Oftentimes also during the rest of her life, she bad to “keep these things in her heart,” not quite understanding their meaning, but accepting them as right because Jesus says so, or God the Father had ordained it so.  Although Mary was living in the presence of t divine Person, she needed an act of her will to rise above the merely outward appearances to the supernatural reality of her divine Son.

        We too live surrounded by the material things of this world.  Yet, there is a world of the spirit in which we have been raised through sanctifying grace.  As St. Paul says, it is not that which we see that counts, but that which we do not see.  With the Blessed Virgin we must continually look at things from their supernatural value.  Not material riches, but spiritual riches, not worldly honors, but God's praise, not temporal pleasures but the joys of heaven should be the object of our efforts.  For all things in this world will perish, but the things of the spirit will last forever.

V. Resolution:

        I shall model my life on the Blessed Virgin Mary especially in the way she lived by faith, looking at all things not in their earthly value, but regarding, them- according to their importance for the supernatural life.

VI.     Closing Prayers:

    Solis O Virgo

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Prayer

        O God, Who didst will that Thy Word should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the message of an angel, grant that we, Thy humble servants, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Closing Prayer