A Pretty Big Assumption

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In honor of the Aug. 15 feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, we bring you this excerpt from Dr. Mark Miravalle's Meet Your Mother:

The fourth Marian dogma ... Mary's Assumption, proclaimed by Venerable Pope Pius XII on Nov. 1, 1950, states: "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."

In many ways, the Assumption of Mary ... just makes sense — if you understand her Immaculate Conception and its positive consequences.

... Remember that because Mary was free from Original Sin, she would not experience any of the negative effects of Original Sin. Well, one big effect of Original Sin is death by the "corruption" or physical breakdown of the body. Yes, death and disease enter the world because of sin. ... The immaculate mother of Jesus would end her life on earth not because of cancer, heart attack, or simply old age — but only when her Son wanted her home with Him in heaven.

From the Bible, we can see how Mary's bodily Assumption into heaven comes as a common sense result of being without Original Sin (see Gen 3:15). The same holds true when we consider the greeting of the Angel, "Hail, full of grace" (Lk 1:28), because a creature with a fullness of grace and no sin would not experience the effects of sin in the body — for example, a physical decay, leading to death. We also have the lovely reference to both Jesus' Ascension (something He does by His own divine power) and Mary's Assumption (something she passively receives from God) in Psalm 132:8, where the Psalmist says, "Arise, O Lord, into your resting place, you and the Ark which you have sanctified." As Mary is the "New Ark" who carried Jesus inside of her, this passage also foreshadows her bodily Assumption into heaven.

Still more biblical support for Mary's Assumption comes from Revelation 11:19, with the vision of the Ark of the Covenant now in heaven (Mary being the fulfillment of the Old Testament Ark that contained the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, a jar of manna, and Aaron's rod because Jesus is even holier than these signs of God's presence). The vision of the Ark of the Covenant in heaven is immediately followed by a vision of a "woman clothed with the sun" (Rev 12:1) who gives birth to the "male child," the ruler of all nations. This means that this "woman" must be Mary. Who else gave birth to the "male child," ruler of all nations? Also, she is already seen in heaven, both as the New Ark and as the Woman united with her Son and crowned with 12 stars as Queen in the Kingdom of her Son, the King. ...

Mary's Assumption is a sign of hope for us all.

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If you consecrated to Jesus through Mary or completed the Consoling the Heart of Jesus retreat, we'd love to hear your story. Please take a moment and share your journey below. If you have pictures, we'd love to see them, too. Just email them to HAPP@Marian.org!

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Editor - Aug 31, 2015

Hello Sonja. To clarify: Original Sin, as defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is "the sin by which the first human beings disobeyed the commandment of God, choosing to follow their own will rather than God’s will. As a consequence they lost the grace of original holiness, and became subject to the law of death; sin became universally present in the world. Besides the personal sin of Adam and Eve, original sin describes the fallen state of human nature which affects every person born into the world, and from which Christ, the 'new Adam,' came to redeem us." (396–412).
I hope this helps. God bless.

Sonja-daugher of the sun - Aug 29, 2015

"Original Sin" - I cannot accept that sexual knowledge with a man (eg., your betrothed/husband) is Sin ... so what exactly does this refer to?

Carolyn H, Norton MA - Aug 18, 2015

I'm not sure if there is enough space to write whatever I have to say I had an epiphany and an incredible GOD moment on Dec 6, 2014 two days before my first consecration the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Then on the day of Consecration was the epiphany with Jesus, Mary, and St Padre Pio. I have consecrated to my Mother for the second time feast of the Assumption and Consoling The Heart of Jesus was the first one I did and through that lived Cursillo became dedicated to St Faustina learned to TRUST in GOD 100% have become a small child with Jesus as my father and Mary as my mother have an understanding that never in my life existed and allow Him to use me as He wills. All in a two year time frame as I was a fallen away Catholic and returned just two years ago on the vigil of Easter. So if you want to hear the whole story let me know I will be more than happy to share what GOD has done for me that I couldn't do for myself. Tell Fr Mike I would truly enjoy meeting with him again and will set up an appointment when he is home.

Anita Mathews Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 14, 2015

Since reading "The 33 Days of Morning Glory" I have found a deeper conversion to Mary, mostly from understanding that Mary is THE spouse of the Holy Spirit. I love De Montfort's prayer: "Dear Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father, admirable Mother of the Son, Faithful Spouse of the Holy Spirit, august Temple of the Most Holy Trinity!...I consecrate myself entirely to Thee, with all that I have and all that I am...." and more...

YC - Aug 14, 2015

The MIC Consecration Retreat book has a really insightful chapter with St. Kolbe. It really showed this saint's devotion to Mary and it serves as a great testimony of how powerful is Her Consecration. Thanks to all who collaborated on this great resource.

Marcia Aug. 15 - Aug 14, 2015

SSMy twin sister and I consecrated ourselves to Jesus through Mary over 15 years ago on our birthday, which just happens to be on Aug. 15. We have always felt blessed to have been born on this special feast day. We also were baptized at Assumption Grotto Parish in Detroit, MI and attended Regina High School, an all girl high school dedicated to our Lady. So you can see, we have had a long history with Mary. You can only be more blessed to get to know her who will lead you to her Son.

Debbie Young - Aug 16, 2014

If someone would have told me just afew months ago that I would have been drawn so close to my Lord Jesus by consecrating myself to Mary, I would have laughed before kicking that person from my presence. I grew up believing Mary was just a girl who happened to be picked out at random to carry my Lord until birth. I was a catholic basher and a stubborn Protestant. Now I love Mary and wonder why I let the old church I belonged to lead me astray. I just consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary this week and I am filled with joy unspeakable. I am like a grown woman with a school girl crush! I am so in love with my Jesus and his mother, I can't learn fast or deeply enough!