Wednesday, April 14, 2010
"Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." (Luke 1: 39-56)
In keeping with how my grandmother Isabel named her two daughters, when my mom was 7-years-old her baby sister was born on Aug. 15, 1942. In the Roman Catholic Church, it is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. It was when Mary's body and soul rose into Heaven.
My grandmother would hear nothing of it when the name Assunta was suggested for my aunt, however, she was leaning toward Susan. Then, after reading the Gospel for Aug. 15, she chose Elizabeth Mary.
The feast day is a public holiday in more than 40 countries including Italy and France.