Hence, the august Mother of God, mysteriously united from all eternity with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her conception, a virgin inviolate in her divine motherhood, the wholehearted companion of the divine Redeemer who won complete victory over sin and its consequences, gained at last the supreme crown of her privileges—to be preserved immune from the corruption of the tomb, and, like her Son, when death had been conquered, to be carried up body and soul to the exalted glory of heaven, there to sit in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the ages.
-Pope Piux XII, Munificentissimus Deus
The feast of Our Lady’s Assumption is a day of joyful celebration for us – not only because of the importance of this feast, but because of three very important anniversaries which are also celebrated today, days which have had a great impact on us: On this day in 1944, Rita Rizzo entered the monastery of the Franciscan Nuns of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Cleveland, Ohio. Thirty-seven years later on this same day, with incredible faith in God’s providential care she launched the Eternal Word Television Network, the world’s first global Catholic tv network. Two years after that, Christopher Phillips, an Episcopalian cleric, who despite much personal hardship and sacrifice had crossed the Tiber, was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, and established the first Anglican Use parish, Our Lady of the Atonement.
God has woven all of these threads together in the life and mission of our little community, and used each one of them to bring us to San Antonio. With much gratitude for Mother Angelica and Father Phillips – for the ‘yes’ each of them wholeheartedly gave to God, their sacrifices and fearlessness – we give thanks to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother!