The Power of a HabitAugust 14, 2017
MORNING OFFERING PRAYERAugust 15, 2017
The Catholic Company – August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a Holy Day of Obligation. It is an ancient feast of the Church, celebrated universally by at least the 6th century. According to tradition, all of the Apostles were present when Our Lady came to the end of her earthly life and peacefully went to be with Christ in Heaven, an event also known as the “Dormition of Mary.” The tomb where her body was laid was found empty, her body being taken up into heaven a short time after she passed into eternal life. The Church’s historic belief that the Virgin Mary is presently in heaven reigning as the Queen of Heaven and Earth, in body and soul, next to her Divine Son, was pronounced as infallible dogma in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. The bodily Assumption of Jesus’ mother into heaven is a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time.