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What is the Assumption of Mary?

What is the Assumption of Mary?

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But what does that mean? Here’s a run-down of what the Assumption is and why it matters.

What is the Assumption  of Mary?

The Assumption is the “taking up” of Mary, body and soul, into heaven at the end of her earthly life.

Why was Mary assumed into heaven?

On November 1, 1950 Pope Pius XII wrote in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus, which defined the dogma of the Assumption:

Hence the revered Mother of God, from all eternity joined in a hidden way with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages.

Is there a scriptural basis for the Assumption?

Mary’s assumption is not explicitly recorded in Scripture, though there are several scriptural passages that align with the teaching of the Assumption. Pope Pius XII mentions some of these passages in Munificentissimus Deus:

Moreover, the scholastic Doctors have recognized the Assumption of the Virgin Mother of God as something signified, not only in various figures of the Old Testament, but also in that woman clothed with the sun whom John the Apostle contemplated on the Island of Patmos (Rev. 12:1ff).

Similarly they have given special attention to these words of the New Testament: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women”(Luke 1:28), since they saw, in the mystery of the Assumption, the fulfillment of that most perfect grace granted to the Blessed Virgin and the special blessing that countered the curse of Eve.

Do Catholics have to believe in the Assumption of Mary?

Yes. The Assumption of Mary is a defined dogma, and thus Catholics are required to assent to this teaching.

Why is the Assumption important to me in my life?

Monsignor Charles Pope has a great explanation of why the Assumption should matter to us:

The Feast of the Assumption may be of theological interest to some and may provide for interesting biblical reflection but eventually the question is bound to come: “So What?” How does what happened to Mary have impact on my life and what does it mean for me? The answer to this question is bound up in nearly every Marian Doctrine. Simply put, what happened to Mary in an profound and preliminary way will also happen for us in the end. As Mary bore Christ into he world, we too bear him there in the Holy Communion we receive and in the witness of his indwelling presence in our life. As Mary is (and always was) sinless, so too will we one day be sinless (immaculate) with God in heaven. As Mary cared for Christ in his need, so do we care for him in the poor, the suffering, needy and afflicted. And as Mary was assumed, body and soul into heaven so too will we be there one day, body and soul.

The Feast of the Assumption is also a Holy Day of Obligation in many dioceses, which means Catholics must attend Mass. So be sure to get to Mass in honor of our Blessed Mother’s Feast Day!

Pope Francis: Christians Should Welcome Divorced and Remarried in Truth and Love

Pope Francis: Christians Should Welcome Divorced and Remarried in Truth and Love

From Catholic News Agency

Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.

“The Church well knows that such a situation contradicts the Christian Sacrament,” the Pope said in his Aug. 5 General Audience at St. Peter’s Square. Nonetheless, he added, the Church should always approach such situations with a “mother’s heart; a heart which, animated by the Holy Spirit, seeks always the good and the salvation of the person.”

“It is important that they experience the Church as a mother attentive to all, always disposed to listen in encounters.”

The community is to welcome persons who have divorced and entered into new unions, the Pope said,  that “they may live and develop their adherence to Christ and the Church with prayer, listening to God’s word, frequenting the liturgy, the Christian education of their children, charity, service to the poor, and a commitment to justice and peace.”

Read the rest at Catholic News Agency.

Annual Day of Prayer for Catholic Radio

Annual Day of Prayer for Catholic Radio

In his homily on the Jubilee of the Lay Apostolate, Pope St. John Paul II told the assembled crowd, and us:

The fruits of the apostolate depend upon the depth of the spiritual life, on the intensity of prayer, on continual formation and on sincere adherence to the Church’s directives.

At Immaculate Heart Radio, prayer is the foundation on which we work to bring souls closer to Christ; and this Friday, August 14th we will be joining in the 7th Annual Day of Prayer for Catholic Radio. Please join us in praying that God will continue to bless Catholic Radio throughout the country and that more people will be drawn closer to Christ and His Church through our broadcasts.

Below is the Prayer for Catholic Radio:

God our Father, we humbly seek your all-powerful blessing on the work we have begun and ask you to bring it to completion.  Give success to the work of our hands.

Lord Jesus, we seek your blessing on this radio station and ask you to consecrate it to the bold proclamation of your living Word, proclaimed in the midst of your One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Guard us from the evil one and from all those who would sow destruction or despair.  Keep us in communion of mind and heart with our Pope and Bishops, upon whom we invoke your mercy.

Spirit of God, rain upon our labors your sevenfold gifts that we may make known in truth and love the voice of Jesus.  Keep us ever-faithful to your inspirations, always open to the Truth, and never allow us to be conquered by pride.  Create unity in our work and broadcast through us the seeds of the Word.  Make us instruments ofreconciliation among all your people, and of genuine renewal and reform.

Mother of the Word incarnate, remember this work as you come into the presence of your Son.  Help us to remain humble in the image of your own heart, and guide us to the Heart of your Son.  Protect us from all evil and bring to us the God of Life whom you bore in your womb and nursed at your breast.  Help us to proclaim the greatness ofthe Lord and to ever-rejoice in God our Savior.

May the offering of our service and the prayer of the blessed Archangel Gabriel, patron of radio broadcasting, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord.

Lord, show us your mercy and love and grant us your salvation.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end.  Amen.