A Simple Reflection from our Founder:
Today is an incredible day. Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is a day meant to recall the esteem and care with which Our Lord held his Mother and a reminder to all of us of the hope we can have for a good life and eternal life in Christ Jesus. This tradition began in Scripture in The Book of Revelations when Mary is identified as the Queen of Heaven and continued in the early days of Christianity when further teaching solidified the tradition we know today from the Early Church.
Venerable Pope Pius XII confirmed this belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim, “that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” 
Here at Mastic, we celebrate this day as a Holy Day of Obligation because the Church asks us to do so, yes, but also because we also see the good that comes from resting in the fact that God has everything in his hands. From resting and recharging so that our work for our clients and the world is fruitful, beneficial, and as effective as possible.
Can. 1247 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover, they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body. 
We understand today that to many, this may seem like an unnecessary tradition. To us, our values make us who we are. They shape us into the kind of people our clients can trust because our employees can be at their best spiritually, mentally, physically, and holistically. They inspire us to virtue and to give our best even amid fatigue when in the thick of challenging work because we are serving something greater than ourselves with every project we do.
For those of us who are Catholic, the day provides us an opportunity to be able to fulfill our obligations and attend mass. For those of us who are not Catholic, they are encouraged to simply enjoy the day of rest with their loved ones to recharge.
No matter your background or creed, we hope that each of you has a wonderful, restful, and excellent Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from all of us here at Mastic. We'll see you again soon tomorrow Wednesday, Aug. 16th at 9 am.
Luis E. Almanzar-Galvan
Founder & Principal
 CNA. “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” Catholic News Agency, www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/the-assumption-561. Accessed 15 Aug. 2023.
 Code of Canon Law - Book IV - Function of the Church (Cann. 1244-1253), www.vatican.va/archive/cod-iuris-canonici/eng/documents/cic_lib4-cann1244-1253_en.html. Accessed 15 Aug. 2023.