Mary’s Assumption: Part 5

Doctor of the Church Speaks

Glories of Mary,Saint Alphonsus Liguori (Ligouri, Liguori MO) 2000, 258

Bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder of Redemptorist Congregation

(1696-1787) Died from rheumatic fever, in 1762 under papal command, accepted see of St. Agatha of the Goths near Naples. 30,000 uninstructed men & women. 400 indifferent priests.He is the patron of confessors, moral theologians, and the lay apostolate.

“Mary died as she lived, entirely detached from the things of this world: she died in perfect peace; and she died certain of eternal glory.

Detached from her parents, entering the Temple at three, desire to serve God alone. Content to live in poverty & reliance on Divine Providence, she did not claim the honors of a Queen as she was a descended from the line of David, a king.

She died in perfect peace as there were no sins for her to be disturbed with.

She died certain of eternal glory, pondering the words of Gabriel, all generations will call me blessed

The Doctors and Fathers of the Church generally say she died of only one illness, pure love.” Ligouri Pg 261

Two Hearts Immaculate & Sacred Heart united

Maternal & actual wisdom lived intimately with Jesus for 30 years

Wisdom of apostles had 3 years of Lord

Hindsight apostles had to glean & discern what Lord meant

Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit: The Marian Teaching of Maximilian Kolbeby H. M. Manteau-Bonamy 2008

I think Mary fell asleep at this time. It fits the historical setting of most of the apocryphal legends retelling the Dormition of Mary (even though they contain a lot of miraculous events – such as bilocation or the translation of human bodies). Here is a list of reasons for placing the Dormition at AD 63:

  • The Apostles (but not James Zebedee) are all still alive.
  • The great miracle of the Dormition and Assumption are not mentioned in Acts, something we might expect if it happened before the composition of Acts (A.D. 63).
  • The Book of Revelation seems to describe some sort of miraculous intervention of God meant to preserve the “the woman”. I believe Revelation explains the seven year tribulation leading up to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Thus, A.D. 63 fits perfectly.

So I’m going to say that Mary was assumed about A.D. 63 when Herod’s temple was finally finished. So Mary’s Assumption is a sort of “pre-tribulation rapture” occurring before the seven years of Roman-Jerusalem gridlock culminating in the end of the Mosaic age – the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70.

Ascension vs Assumption

Catholics find the assumption of Mary prophesied in Psalm 132:7-8:

“We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool. Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.”

Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant (see Revelation 11:19-12:1). The Lord ascended into Heaven and also brought His ark, just as King David took up residence in Jerusalem and escorted the ark to the same place.

Notice that Catholics don’t speak of the “Ascension of Mary.” Christ ascended by His own power. But Mary was passively assumed into Heaven by Christ. His power accomplished the honor. And thus in Revelation, Mary as seen as being “in Heaven.”

My mother had a peaceful death. I have offered prayers of gratitude many, many times. If I could have assumed her into heaven, I would have. I loved my mother. Jesus loved his Mother, perfectly, as only God could do.

Love Mary with the Love and heart of Christ. Love needs to be defined properly in a future show. Rightly ordered impossible to be deficient or defective. Mary consumed by Love.

Mary, Mother of Hope

Mary’s relationship to God the Father was not hindered or diminished in any way by the massive corruption of both the religious and civil leaders of her time. The priests, Pharisees, and Sanhedrin sought her Son’s execution. The Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate knowing Jesus to be innocent condemned him to a brutal scourging and crucifixion. Our Lady saw all of this wickedness and maintained her faith in God the Father with unshakable Hope in His promise made by Gabriel. Mary is the preeminent role model of Christian discipleship.

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