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ASSUMPTA 2014: Feast of the Assumption

Happy Feast of the Assumption!

For many centuries, the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated in the Catholic Church without any formal definition of the doctrine. In most places, it was the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it is the patronal festival of many of Europe’s great Marian cathedrals. But that Mary ‘was assumed, body and soul, into heavenly glory’, was made an official teaching of the Catholic Church in 1950, when Pope Pius XII promulgated the Bull Munificentissimus Deus. The doctrine proclaims the precious nature of the human body, which, in a way we cannot yet understand, is destined for heavenly glory and deserves to be treated with the highest respect.

To the urban world of the early twenty-first century, the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption may seem strange. It is a feast that honours the whole human person, body and soul; but, even though our society is obsessed with material objects, we often fail to notice the God-given dignity of our material bodies. The Assumption is also an invitation to celebrate the goodness and the joy that God promises us at the end of time.

Dr Sarah Jane Boss is Director of the Centre for Marian Studies at the University of Roehampton.

Source: https://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20130814_1.htm
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ASSUMPTA 2014: Assumption Sisters

Some of the things we probably took for granted. Missed after leaving the protective walls of Assumption. Will always remember. And embedded in the deep recesses of our being.

ASSUMPTION SISTERS.

On ordinary days, we cross the street, visit the supermarket, buy food for take out, hunt books through bookshelves in bookstores, etc. but then we see a glimpse of PURPLE and our day is ordinary no more. All senses on high alert, we follow that distinguished brush of color and see an Assumption Sister. That would definitely be a great memory of an ordinary day made extraordinary.

Admit it, somehow you miss walking along the school corridors while knowingly and unknowingly hoping of greeting one Assumption Sister or even two a ‘Good morning!’ or ‘Good afternoon!’ 😊

The list of things we are continually grateful for would be endless. The size of our hearts would grow to immeasurable proportions and draw us into joyful embrace. Each one of us have probably one or two or many Assumption Sister/s to whom we look up to, find comfort and guidance, friendship, and a sense of being part of God’s bigger family.

During last February’s Velada, I saw how an Old Boy happily recalled some of his vintage memories with an Assumption Sister. They were like in a bubble of delight, all big smiles and musical laughter!

PS Maybe today would also be a good day to tell (an) Assumption Sister/s “Thank You!” 😊

Sr. Fids and Sr. Agnes!

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ASSUMPTA 2014: Morning Praise

Some of the things we probably took for granted. Missed after leaving the protective walls of Assumption. Will always remember. And embedded in the deep recesses of our being.

MORNING PRAISE.

Good morning! 😀 What is good in the morning is morning praise! What is good in the day, we should give praise!

As I try to recall memories of morning praise, this song stands out significantly. Remember ‘Here We Are?’ Of course, who would ever forget ‘Here We Are!’ Our eldest sister told us this story- when they were in senior year, it probably got a bit tedious to prepare for morning praise, that for about a week they had HWA both as opening song and closing song. Oh their class adviser definitely noticed and told them to do it with a little bit amore! 😁 Another popular alternative during our time was ‘Chariot of Fire.’ Sometimes, out of the blue, I can hear myself hum to the melody of those two.

My second oldest sister shared this one- Alternative rock (or Rock in general) became the epitome of music coolness at that time. So much so that they decided to incorporate them into their morning praise. Imagine having opening songs and closing songs from bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Third Eye Blind, Smashing Pumpkins, U2, No Doubt, and the list could go on and on. The perks of growing up as teens while technology was fast on the rise!

Despite the difference in time, age or practice, Morning Praise is one bond that keeps us all connected in the circle of Assumption family and friends.

Assumption Journal: Advent 2014 (Day 16- Day 20)

Day 16: DO A GOOD DEED AND DON’T TELL ANYONE.

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Day 17: Offer Prayers for a reality in the World.

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Day 19: Arrive 5 min. Earlier to mass.

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“We will never thank the Lord enough for the gift he gave us with the Eucharist,” the pope said. “It’s such a great gift and that’s why it’s so important to go to Mass on Sundays,” he said.

Mass is a time “not just to pray, but to receive Communion — this bread that is the body of Christ that saves us, forgives us, reunites us to the father. It’s beautiful to do this.” Mass on Sundays is particularly important, he said, because “it is the day of the resurrection of the Lord, and with the Eucharist we feel our own belonging to the church, to the people of God, to the body of God, to Jesus Christ.”

Day 20: GIVE FOOD TO THE POOR.

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In one of the definitions provided by Meriam-Webster, POOR means ‘having a very small amount of something.’ In today’s advent adventure, giving food to the poor may not necessarily mean ‘giving food to the poor’ in its most literal sense. Giving maybe be done in different ways. Poor may refer to anyone or someone you know who lacks something essential in his/ her life. Today, giving to the poor may be in the following forms: having an open mind and an open ear, to encourage someone to do a good deed, be a shoulder to cry on, etc. In this context, food becomes the food of the soul, the food of life- love, kindness and compassion. The food of Jesus Christ- the food of Christmas. Merry Christmas! Love & Gratitude!

Assumption Journal: Advent 2014 (Day 11- Day 15)

Day 11: Spend this day Free of Fears ||

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Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. Rather, it is the mastery of fear. Fearlessness is about getting up one more time than we fall down. The more comfortable we are with the possibility of falling down, the less worried we are of what people will think if and when we do, the less judgmental of ourselves we are every time we make a mistake, the more fearless we will be, and the easier our journey will become.

- Arianna Huffington

Day 12: TELL YOUR LOVED ONES YOU LOVE THEM. ||

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How? There are many ways to let them know how much we love them. One sure way is to encourage them to “Be All Jesus Wants (them) You To Be -SME.” PS #AssumptionJournals was created to keep the beauty of a Mother’s love blooming for an eternity. A mother named Cheryl.

In French, the name Cheryl means- beloved. With this #AssumptionTali everything comes full circle- For us, #StMarieEugenie (and the Assumption Sisters) have become voices of our mother/s in encouraging us to be Christ-Centered individuals. With this, we share the love of a Mother that radiates even further than the past and the future.

Day 13: GO TO CONFESSION ||

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To have the courage in the presence of the confessor to call sin by its name, without hiding it: Pope Francis’ 10/25/2014 homily at the Casa Santa Marta was focused entirely on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To go to Confession, he said, is to encounter the love of Jesus with sincerity of heart and with the transparency of children, not refusing, but even welcoming the “grace of shame” that makes us perceive God’s forgiveness. – #RadioVatican

Day 14: SHARE YOUR FAITH TO ONE PERSON. ||

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HOW? Pope Francis at Angelus: “Be missionaries of joy!!”

“Be missionaries of joy! Pray with perseverance, to always give thanks to God, to seek what is good and avoid what is evil. “If this is our way of life, the Good News would be able to enter into so many homes and help people and families to rediscover that in Jesus there is salvation!” (12/16/2014 News.va English)

Day 15: Don’t complain about anyone today. ||

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So how was your day? 😊

PS will update later and link sources.

Assumption Journal: Advent 2014 (Day 6- Day 10)

Day 6: READ THE SUNDAY GOSPEL TODAY ||

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Sunday (December 7): Prepare the way of the Lord. “Lord, let your light burn brightly in my heart that I may know the joy and freedom of your kingdom. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to witness the truth of your gospel and to point others to Jesus Christ.”

In Romans 10.17 Paul summarizes the way the gospel works: faith comes through what is heard, he says, and what is heard comes through the word of the Messiah. For Paul the gospel is about the sudden and dramatic fulfillment of the age-old divine purpose, generating a new creation, a new world in which there is not only new knowledge but a new type of knowledge, a type indeed for which one of the best names is agapē, love.

Day 7: Get in touch with someone you haven’t gotten in touch with for a long time.

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Day 8: DO SOME PHYSICAL EXERCISE.

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Day 9: Send a Text to a Distant Friend ||

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There comes a point when we can no longer just walk a few blocks or grab a drink after work to see our friends. While there are more ways than ever to stay connected, it is also easy to feel like you’re drifting even when staying in touch is as simple as greeting each other through Texts, Emails, Snail Mails,etc. However, being far away doesn’t mean that you can’t stay close—it just means you have to take a little bit of a different approach.

Day 10: Forgive Someone ||

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Probably one of the hardest things to do. If you feel you’re not ready, just pray. Pray for the grace of healing and reconciliation. God knows what we need even though sometimes we don’t know how to ask for it. And even though we have been asking for the grace of healing and reconciliation, still, sometimes these things take time. Remember, everything happens in God’s time and with God’s grace. Like in Advent, when we are required to wait.. To wait genuinely and faithfully, like Blind Bartimeaus. Because in waiting there is Hope. Hope for the grace of healing and reconciliation… Things simply appear to us as God wills it. We will know when it is time, all we have to do is be aware of the music of the spheres and the different faces of humanity. PS Before there can be healing and reconciliation of others, first there must be healing and reconciliation of the self. Everything begins from within.

PS will update later and link sources.