No. 949 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 16 August 2017
- REFLECTIONS ON MARY’S ASSUMPTION
August 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Pope Pius XII in his Apostolic Constitution “Munificentissimus Deus”, 1 November 1950, defined the Dogma of the Assumption: “By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define as divinely revealed dogma: The Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, after her life on earth, was assumed, body and soul to the glory of heaven” (III, 47).
Three previous dogma:
- Divine Motherhood, Council of Ephesus, 431.
- Perpetual Virginity, Council of Lateran, 649.
“Mary conceived ‘without detriment to her virginity which remained inviolate even after his (Jesus’) birth’”. ‘Before, in and after Christ’s birth’ (cf. CCC 499-507). Jesus was Mary’s only child. The so-called “brothers and sisters” are close relatives.
- Immaculate Conception, Pope Pius IX’s “Ineffabilis Deus”, 8 December 1854. “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege from Almighty God and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, was kept free from every stain of original sin.”
Mary’s assumption is a gift from God. It is her reward as Mother of God – “Theotokos”. Always obedient to God’s will – “FIAT”; proclaims God’s greatness and graciousness – “MAGNIFICAT”; and ever trusting in Jesus’, her Son, divine power – “FACITE”.
Mary’s assumption into heaven gives us hope that we too, ever obedient to God’s will, will share in her glory and happiness.