Thursday, August 18, 2022
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 344
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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Extracts from the Catechism: 974: The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son's resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of His Body. 964, 965, 966: Mary's role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. "This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ's virginal conception up to his death"; it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion: After her Son's Ascension, Mary "aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers." In her association with the apostles and several women, "we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation." "Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death." The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians. Remarks on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D The Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed body and soul into heaven, reminds us very definitely that our permanent abode is not on earth but in heaven where she, with her divine Son, has preceded us in all the fullness of her human nature. The Feast of the Assumption is a strong appeal to us to live "ever intent upon heavenly things," and not to allow ourselves to be carried away by the vagaries and seductions of the world. Not only was our soul created for heaven, but also our body, which, after the resurrection, will be welcomed into our heavenly home and admitted to a participation in the glory of the spirit. That which has been wholly realized in Mary, our Mother, will be realized for us, as well as for all the saints, only at the end of time...Our Lady was assumed body and soul into heaven because she was Immaculate; she was all-pure-free not only from every shadow of sin, but even from the slightest attachment to the things of earth...she teaches us to allow ourselves to be captivated by the fascination of creatures, but to live among them, occupying ourselves with them with much charity but without ever seeking our satisfaction in them. In her Assumption Mary speaks to us of flight toward heaven, toward God. It is not enough to purify our heart from sin and all attachment to creatures, we must at the same time direct it toward God, tending toward Him with all our strength... Mary has been taken up to heaven because she is the Mother of God. This is the greatest of her privileges, the root of all the others and the union with God, as the fact of her Assumption speaks to us of the beatific union of heaven. Mary's Assumption thus confirms us in this great and beautiful truth: we are created and called to union with God. Mary herself stretches out her maternal hand to guide us to the attainment of this high ideal. If we keep our eyes fixed on her, we shall advance more easily; she will be our guide, our strength, and our consolation in every trial and difficulty. AMEN