(Pope Pius XII makes this argument in his definition of the dogma.). Assumption of Mary, He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on MSNBC.com and ABCNews.com. A post could be dedicated to each of these. It is a vitally important teaching with deep roots in Scripture and direct relevance to our daily lives. © Copyright 2020 Catholic Exchange. In a way, Mary opened up heaven for rest of the saints, just as she opened up the earth to the fullness of God’s Incarnate presence. The Assumption of Mary, which we celebrate on August 15, is not just a Catholic extra or add-on to the fundamentals of the faith. image: By Miguel Hermoso Cuesta [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons, Tagged as: Christ’s peace. Thanks to the assumption, it is impossible to think of her without thinking of her being in the fullness of Christ’s heavenly presence. Pope Pius XII speaks to this in the apostolic constitution in which he defined this teaching as an infallible dogma: It is to be hoped that all the faithful will be stirred up to a stronger piety toward their heavenly Mother, and that the souls of all those who glory in the Christian name may be moved by the desire of sharing in the unity of Jesus Christ’s Mystical Body and of increasing their love for her who shows her motherly heart to all the members of this august body. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. And so we may hope that those who meditate upon the glorious example Mary offers us may be more and more convinced of the value of a human life entirely devoted to carrying out the heavenly Father’s will and to bringing good to others. The Assumption of Mary anticipates the general resurrection from the dead at the end of time; that sublime day on which Christ will return in glory and raise the just to the resurrection of life. He is a former news editor at GoLocalProv.com and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he covered the 2008 presidential primary. (We cannot be sure that the Good Thief went directly to heaven.) In other words, the Assumption offers us additional assurance that we too, who have been baptized into Christ’s death and shared in His Body through the Eucharist, also will experience a resurrection of our bodies. The Assumption of Mary ensures that she has none of these limitations. Former Swiss Guard Serves a Feast for the Imagination in, The Lost Riches of Catholic Catechisms with Aaron Seng of Tradivox, The Catholic Faith in Public Life After the 2020 Election with Derek Rotty, We Can Spiritually Grow Together While Social Distancing | Simone Rizkallah. The beauty that became espoused to the Holy Spirit lives in her fullness in heaven, as the vision of Revelation 12 shows us so well. He welcomes tips, suggestions, and any other feedback at bealenews at gmail dot com. This is based upon her role as the New Eve to His New Adam, which is evident in Simeon’s prophecy and her presence at the crucifixion. The whole point of the dogma is its emphasis on Mary’s bodily assumption. catholicism, Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Today we’re celebrating the only perfect human life in human history—that was the Mother of Jesus, the Immaculate Mother of God. Mary’s assumption means that there are no bones or tombs of Our Lady to venerate. Arguing that Mary’s soul went to heaven at the end of her earthly life is to claim nothing different than what happens to every other person who died in a state of grace. Otherwise there would be no need for it. We are saved in the fullness of our humanity, body and soul. A native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history. At that moment in our future, we will follow Mary in a perfect way. This is one of the first things Scripture teaches about man. The Church teaches that Mary shares in Christ’s lot. Mary’s Assumption to heaven is the final reversal of the evils of sin and death unleashed by the Fall. Dr. Miravalle described the glory of the Assumption, saying, “Today is a day to celebrate. Christ is not a solitary savior. He explains that souls without bodies are in an unnatural state, lacks perfection, and are denied the fullness of happiness. He is a former news editor at GoLocalProv.com and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he covered the 2008 presidential primary. If Mary can end up in heaven, body and soul, so can we who share in her humanity. Although God is seeing through the eye of the intellect, souls need bodies in order to see His glory reflected in other creatures, according to Aquinas. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (often shortened to the Assumption) is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Oriental Orthodoxy, Church of the East, and some Anglo-Catholic Churches, among others, the bodily taking up of Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. Rather, He points the way forward to a greater, more glorious future in which we are all invited to share. He welcomes tips, suggestions, and any other feedback at bealenews at gmail dot com. She is not a disembodied soul. In His divinity he enjoys the communion of the Trinity. All rights reserved. The Church teaches that Mary shares in Christ’s lot. The Assumption of Mary is important for many reasons—for the glorification of God, the completion of His redemptive work, the theology of the Incarnation, to name a few. When people died, even the righteous, they ended up in Sheol, the shadowy underworld that is the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek Hades. This is based upon … His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity, Marian and Eucharistic theology, medieval history, and the saints. This is reinforced by the truth that already another one from the human race has already followed Him into Heaven—Mary. Best of Blogs, Assumption of Mary, This is one reason that the Church venerates Mary above all other saints. His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity, Marian and Eucharistic theology, medieval history, and the saints. One of the peculiarities of the Old Testament—at least from our perspective—is that it did not have a well-defined concept of heaven. One further implication of what has just been stated above is that Mary’s beauty in heaven is perfected. Other than inspiring further devotion to the Mother of God, there’s an additional reason that the Assumption is important, a reason that I think is sometimes overlooked. Tagged as: This is beautifully depicted in Isaiah’s vision. Best of Week, Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on MSNBC.com and ABCNews.com. Catholic Exchange is a project of Sophia Institute Press. Christ wasn’t the exception for the human race in this sense. The upshot of this is that Mary has everything she needs to see our problems—as well as our potential for holiness—and to help us grow into little Christs. (Of course, those who aren’t saints would have to stop in purgatory before entering into the fullness of heaven, but still the overall point holds. The final reversal of the Fall. God does not just save half of us. Having her body is particularly crucial for her given that it is a source of so much of her power: in the Incarnation God took flesh from Mary and it was through her body that He was born.