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Minnesota National Guard Aug 15 of every year, the Catholic faith celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholics believe Mary was assumed into heaven, body and soul, and this serves as an example to Catholics of what awaits them in the life to come

It is often misconstrued that Catholics "worship" Mary Mary isn't worshiped, but rather honored for what she did

"She wrote no books, she painted no pictures and she thrilled no audience with eloquent speeches," said Capt Michael Creagan, chaplain of 1/34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division "Mary did none of that She simply went about her duties, sometimes lowly ones and unattended by anyone She was the one giving and listening to others"

Creagan explained to the congregation the importance of following Mary's example of truly listening to others He explained how Mary listened to the Angel Gabriel and his joyful message, to Simeon when Jesus was presented in the Temple, to the Lord when she was searching for her child, Jesus, and to Jesus at the wedding at Cana

"Listening is not easy It requires us to put things away, to ignore the distractions around us, even to look at the person who is speaking to us directly We might even have to offer a smile or a little encouragement to the hesitant person or really try to understand what the other person is trying to say," expressed Creagan

Mary serves as more than just a figure as the Mother of God to the Catholic faith Creagan said, "She also serves as a gate through which we can catch a glimpse of the reality of God"

The Minnesota National Guard's Chaplain Corps offers services like these to help Soldiers and their families stay spiritually fit For more information on upcoming events and services, feel free to check out the Chaplain Corps Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MNNGChaplainCorps

Aug 15, 2013
Story by Pfc William Boecker
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs


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