The Dogmas of the Virgin Mary Part Four – The Assumption

Gabai Tanglao

On November 1, 1950, at Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Pius XII declared the Munificentissimus Deus. The Munificentissimus Deus stated that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, was taken up both body and soul into Heaven when she completed her mortal life. That is what the Pope declared at that time. How come that the Assumption of the Virgin Mary occurred? The Bible does not state anything about the Assumption, so how come the Catholics have a dogma about it? Remember that Catholic Church’s teachings come from three sources: Tradition, Sacred Scriptures, and the Magisterium. The Assumption is not in the Sacred Scriptures.

But since the Pope has already declared the dogma and we take the account from traditions, it is what we believe. And why is the Virgin Mary so unique to the Assumption? What did she do? We know the Blessed Virgin was innocent from the very beginning. From the moment of her conception and when she was born, she had no original sin. And so the Archangel Saint Gabriel said: “Thou art full of grace, blessed are you among all women.” God has chosen the Blessed Virgin to the Theotokos, Mother of God and Mother of the Savior. “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

And since the Blessed Virgin is most pure, her reward is to be taken up into Heaven both her body and soul or have an Assumption. If the Lord had prepared rooms for His Apostles in Heaven, he would have prepared more for His Mother. So the Virgin was led to Heaven with body and soul.

So how did this happen? The time of the departing of the Blessed Virgin came. Also, during this time, the Apostles were spreading the Good News across the world. Some angels told them (the Apostles) that the Virgin was nearing the hour of her departure. The apostles returned to where the Virgin was located – in Ephesus. Ten Apostles arrived because Saint John was already in Ephesus with the Holy Mother. They reached the Virgin Mother before she went to sleep (Dormition). The last to arrive was Saint Thomas. He asked if he could see the Blessed Virgin for the last time. But when Saint Thomas went to the grave, there was no longer the body of the Blessed Virgin. She has already been assumed or taken up into Heaven. You can find this event in the vision of Blessed Anne Catherine Emerich.

The Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Assumption every August 15. What does this dogma say? It tells us that if we do good and continue doing good, we will one day be in the company of Our Lord in Heaven.

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