The Blessed Virgin had lights which increased her desires. The more she desired God, the more she knew Him; and the more she longed to enjoy God and her Son, her infinite good. Her desire to see her Son and to be near Him was stimulated by her great love. Her desire was caused both by her knowledge and her love. Who can speak fittingly of the love Mary felt for God and the love she felt for Jesus? It was so intense, so ardent, greater than that of all the Seraphim and Cherubim that it caused the ripe fruit to fall from the tree, as it were. The body and soul of Mary both left this earth because Jesus Christ called her to share His throne in heaven. This is what we mean by the mystery of the Assumption.
There are consequences for us to draw from this mystery. First, we should have a very pure desire to know and love God. We should seek to know God with greater ardor and with a purified desire. I do not think that in spite of her great sorrows, the Blessed Virgin ever complained of them. Her life on earth was one of union with God and charity towards others. It should be the same for us…
Our motive for desiring to see God is not found in what we suffer, in what we ourselves experience, but in God Himself. We long to see God’s goodness, beauty and perfection….
Let us try to desire God, to know and love Him, to know and love Jesus Christ with an evermore patient and submissive love. Let us be ready to suffer for the love of God, in union with His will, only desiring that His good pleasure be accomplished in us.
St. Marie Eugenie of Jesus
19, August 1881