After Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Sauk Centre. One of the altar servers is about to put the Gospel book away. August 15, 2010
I wrote about the Assumption yesterday. More to the point, the Holy See wrote about the Assumption about 60 years ago.
The idea that Mary was assumed into Heaven - soul and body - is something I have to believe, if I'm going to be a Catholic. I suppose that sounds dogmatic: which it is. Literally.
Which gets me into what a dogma is:
"DOCTRINE/DOGMA: The revealed teachings of Christ which are proclaimed by the fullest extent of the exercise of the authority of the Church's Magisterium. The faithful are obliged to believe the truths or dogmas contained in divine Revelation and defined by the Magisterium (88).""Magisterium?"
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, Glossary D)
"The Church's Magisterium exercises the authority it holds from Christ to the fullest extent when it defines dogmas, that is, when it proposes, in a form obliging the Christian people to an irrevocable adherence of faith, truths contained in divine Revelation or also when it proposes, in a definitive way, truths having a necessary connection with these."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 88)
Back to Mary, Back to JesusAs I've written before, I had a soft spot in my heart for Mary long before I converted to the Catholic Church. She never seemed to be a barrier between me and my Lord - possibly because I'd read what she said to the servers at that wedding: " 'Do whatever he tells you.' " (John 2:5)
Father Statz has used the same metaphor, I'm told, on every celebration of the Assumption of Mary. He's said that Mary is like glasses - spectacles. For many of us, we're able to read the Word of God more easily, more clearly, if we have our glasses on.
It's the same way with Mary: she doesn't get in the way. She helps us focus on the Living Word of God: Jesus.
As for my relationship with Jesus: what? I'm going to impress Him by ignoring His mother?
- "Feast of the Assumption: It's Not About Making Assumptions"
(August 14, 2010)
- "Munificentissimus Deus | Defining the Dogma of the Assumption"
Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII, The Holy See / vatican.va (November 1, 1950)