Assumption and the Resurrection

Posted August 15, 2017 8:36 am by John Paul Meenan, Editor

A blessed solemnity of the Assumption to one and all, a day commemorating the taking up of the Virgin Mary, body and soul, into heaven at the end of her earthly journey.  As Pius XII declared in his 1950 Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus, in which this perennial truth was solemnly defined:

by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: 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

The resurrection of the body is a real and vivid truth, that we will enjoy beatitude in these very bodies, transformed somehow spiritually, so they can bear the ‘weight’ the glory of God in eternity.

Of course, we cannot see this ‘real and vivid’ truth in this life, one of obscurity and darkness, veiled behind sin and death.  But there are glimpses behind the veil, and we should keep our eyes fixed on the Blessed Mother, who will guide her children through the labyrinth of this life.

Hence, to the Mass, the Rosary, prayer and supplication, which will give us ‘eyes to see, and ears to hear’, and hope in our hearts to persevere to the end.

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