August 1, 2023
Jesus welcoming Mary into heaven on her assumption

August: Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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By Mary O'Boyle OCDS,
Christchurch President

Dear brothers and sisters,

The time to send Christine my shared thoughts for the August Newsletter has come very quickly. I looked at the Catholic Calendar for August. Amazing, go look at it! It’s full of Saints Rememoration days, Feasts, the Transverberation of our dear St Teresa of Jesus.

The stand-out is: The Transfiguration of the Lord and the Assumption of

Our Blessed Lady. What a month!

I have chosen to share with you the following…

By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal goods, we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful. Consequently, we must not lose our serenity and peace even amid the thousands of daily difficulties. The luminous sign of Our Lady taken up into Heaven shines out even more brightly when sad shadows of suffering and violence seem to loom on the horizon. We may be sure of it: from on high, Mary follows our footsteps with gentle concern, dispels the gloom in moments of darkness and distress, reassures us with her motherly hand. Supported by awareness of this, let us continue confidently on our path of Christian commitment wherever Providence may lead us. Let us forge ahead in our lives under Mary's guidance.

Please bring a plate for afternoon tea celebrations of our Community’s 41st birthday. Deo Gratis.

Blessings to you all,

Mary O'Boyle, OCDS

Christchurch's Peace of Christ Community President