Mary the maiden from Nazareth was raised to the pinnacle of glory today. The human family joins her in her blessings. She is celebrated by the great English poet as “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.”
May we celebrate the gift of our parents today. As St. Anne and Joachim brought forth our mother Mary, the protector of all against the pandemic, let each family be the holy family and let parents and children stand together at this moment of COVID-19 challenge.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)
The Church gathers around the world to celebrate the central message of Christianity: Love. It is significant that Christianity does not celebrate any Sacred Brain or Sacred Hands. But it comes together to celebrate the great symbol and citadel of love: Sacred Heart.
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, called on the faithful to "stretch our imagination and intelligence, to learn in new ways, to prepare for a changed world" amid the coronavirus pandemic.