……from your Pastor’s Desk
The Assumption of The Blessed
Virgin Mary; Sunday, August 15
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed
is the fruit of your womb ” – Luke 1:42
The feasts of Mary may be puzzling to the casual observer. And some are surprised at the brevity of the dogma of this specific feast in its entirety: “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.”
As to how it exactly happened – the Roman Catholic Church never defined any particulars about the event itself. It is not in the Scriptures. There are no verifiable eye-witness accounts. At its core, the dogma reveals in Mary the destiny of all mortal flesh, and reinforces our creedal belief in the resurrection of the body. This feast strengthens our faith in the realization of ‘All things hoped for.” We find, in Mary, that realization of what we all hope for , as St. Paul says in 1 COR 15:22 ‘In Christ shall all be brought to life”. Where she is, we all hope one day to be.
I hope you find in this Feast-Day an opportunity to both deepen your faith and show your love for Our Lady.