Regardless of place, traditions like the annual plunge into the ocean are good reminders of our ethnic and cultural roots as Catholics. Today in the 21st century there is little time dedicated to devotional aspects of our Catholic faith. August 15th is a great example of a devotional practice that not only brings us closer to our Catholic heritage, but it gives us a time to step back, relax and spend time with our brothers and sisters in faith.
I guess the reality of the gesture really isn’t about the aquatic plunge into the sea, miraculous powers associated with water, or even celebrating the Assumption of Mary…it is ultimately about Catholic fellowship and sharing of our common beliefs in the Divine Mystery.
However, we choose to celebrate Mary on August 15, the notion of water will always make me remember summers at the beach, Mass in the morning of August 15, and a people running to the beach to partake in the benefits of the water, made holy by not only Mary, the Mother of God, but by our common Catholic desire to share our faith in any way possible among ourselves and to the world.
God does indeed work miracles through mysterious ways!
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Pray for the Canonization of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
"The august Mary, you may be sure, will derive great glory from your generous sacrifice. God had predestined you for the service of his divine Son, under the banner of his Most Holy Mother. To Mary Jesus presents you as his faithful minister and valiant soldier."
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade