Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. Pope Benedict XVI last year said:
Mary is taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, and with God and in God she is Queen of heaven and earth. And is she really so remote from us?
The contrary is true. Precisely because she is with God and in God, she is very close to each one of us.
While she lived on this earth she could only be close to a few people. Being in God, who is close to us, actually, "within" all of us, Mary shares in this closeness of God. Being in God and with God, she is close to each one of us, knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us with her motherly kindness and has been given to us, as the Lord said, precisely as a "mother" to whom we can turn at every moment.
She always listens to us, she is always close to us, and being Mother of the Son, participates in the power of the Son and in his goodness. We can always entrust the whole of our lives to this Mother, who is not far from any one of us.
I was looking for a picture I had beside the early 17th century marble rendition of the Assumption at Sta. Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome (by Bernini, who happens to be named Pietro -- rough translation: Peter), but could not find it as of this blogging. What's important is this work of art:
It's a holiday in Rome, too. Perhaps the Holy Father will celebrate Mass or give a homily in Castelgandolfo (as he did last year).