Loading
Thai Catholics encouraged to imitate Virgin Mary's faith life
By Antonio Anup Gonsalves
Mass at Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok 2013. Credit: Antonio Gonsalves/CNA.
Mass at Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok 2013. Credit: Antonio Gonsalves/CNA.

.- Mary is a perfect model for Christians, who should imitate their Blessed Mother and learn from her, said a Thai bishop on the feast of the Assumption of Mary in Bangkok. 

The Thai faithful have a very strong devotion to Mother Mary, and she is invoked as the patroness of Thailand and especially of the Archdioceses of Bangkok, Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij told CNA.

Bishops, priests, religious and more than 2,000 lay Catholics gathered in Bangkok to celebrate the solemnity on Aug 15.

In his homily, Archbishop Kovithavanij described how Catholics understand the relationship of Mary with humanity, along with all of the saints who intercede for the living.

He noted that sometimes, these devotions are practiced simply because people have become accustomed to seeking graces through Mary.

“But this type of pious devotion is not enough,” the archbishop stressed. “We should rise above this to a higher level of faith life.”

Liturgy, prayers, sacraments and pious popular devotions are important for enhancing our Christian faith life, he said.

Archbishop Kovithavanij illustrated a two-point method to be “adopted and to be actuated” into daily life, referencing the Second Vatican Council.

First, he explained, is “to believe and accept,” like the Virgin Mary, “acknowledging” the annunciation communicated by the angel Gabriel. Second is “to live a life of love and charity,” just as Mary went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth.

The feast of the Assumption is particularly meaningful for Archbishop Kovithavanij, who was installed as leader of the archdiocese of Bangkok on the feast day in 2009.

Also participating in the Assumption Mass was Monsignor Andrew Vissanu Thanya Anan, deputy secretary general for the Thai bishops’ conference and former Vatican undersecretary for the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue with various national commissions.

The Mass took place at Bangkok’s Assumption Cathedral.

Father Joseph Vuthilert, vicar general for the Archdiocese of Bangkok, told CNA that the cathedral is an 18th century monument that underwent major “restructuration” in early 19th century.

But now, he said, the cathedral again needs restoration, and work has already begun.

The architecture of the cathedral has a French-Romanesque style, with stained windows capturing Christian sacred art.

Blessed Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral during his 1984 Apostolic visit to Thailand.

Tags: Virgin Mary, Faith, Thailand, Assumption


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
21

Liturgical Calendar

April 21, 2014

Monday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14
04/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 2:14, 22-33
Gospel:: Mt 28:8-15

Saint of the Day

Holy Thursday »

Saint
Date
04/21/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14
04/19/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: