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Today, we celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in body and soul to Heaven. «Today —St. Bernard says— the Virgin, full of glory, is taken up to heaven, showering the celestials beings with joy». And he will add these precious words: «What a beautiful present the earth is today sending to heaven! With this wonderful gesture of friendship —such as giving and receiving— the human and the divine, the earthly and the heavenly, the humble and the sublime, merge into one. It is there, the most precious earthly fruit, where the best presents and the most valuable gifts come from. Taken up to heaven, the Virgin Mary will lavish her gifts on all men».

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The first gift she lavishes on us is the Word, that She knew how to keep so faithfully in her heart, by making it bear fruit from the very profound and warm silence. With this Word in her interior space, while begetting in her womb the Life for all men, «Mary set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth» (Lk 1:39-40). Mary’s presence exults in joy, and Elizabeth says: «The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy» (Lk 1:44).

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