Tagged as: He welcomes tips, suggestions, and any other feedback at bealenews at gmail dot com. Otherwise there would be no need for it. Other than inspiring further devotion to the Mother of God, there’s an additional reason that the Assumption is important, a reason that I think is sometimes overlooked. If Mary can end up in heaven, body and soul, so can we who share in her humanity. He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on MSNBC.com and ABCNews.com. The Assumption of Mary clarifies and confirms that the heaven of the New Testament is a place where the saints experience the presence of God. This means that, contrary to the Protestant accusations, Marian veneration is particularly Christo-centric. © Copyright 2020 Catholic Exchange. Having her body is particularly crucial for her given that it is a source of so much of her power: in the Incarnation God took flesh from Mary and it was through her body that He was born. He doesn’t just pluck the soul out of the husk of a sinful body. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StephenBeale1, Fulton Sheen’s Advice for the End of 2020, Former Swiss Guard Serves a Feast for the Imagination in The Vatican Christmas Cookbook. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. In other words, the Assumption offers us additional assurance that we too, who have been baptized into Christ’s death and shared in His Body through the Eucharist, also will experience a resurrection of our bodies. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (often shortened to the Assumption) is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Oriental Orthodoxy, Church of the East, and some Anglo-Catholic Churches, among others, the bodily taking up of Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The Assumption of Mary, which we celebrate on August 15, is not just a Catholic extra or add-on to the fundamentals of the faith. The Assumption of Mary is important for many reasons—for the glorification of God, the completion of His redemptive work, the theology of the Incarnation, to name a few. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. Christ wasn’t the exception for the human race in this sense. His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity, Marian and Eucharistic theology, medieval history, and the saints. She is not a spirit flitting about in paradise. Assumption of Mary, This is based upon … In His humanity he reigns from heaven with his Mother. Rather, He points the way forward to a greater, more glorious future in which we are all invited to share. Christ is not a solitary savior. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StephenBeale1, Fulton Sheen’s Advice for the End of 2020, Former Swiss Guard Serves a Feast for the Imagination in The Vatican Christmas Cookbook. He is a former news editor at GoLocalProv.com and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he covered the 2008 presidential primary. The final reversal of the Fall. His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity, Marian and Eucharistic theology, medieval history, and the saints. In His divinity he enjoys the communion of the Trinity. Finally it is our hope that belief in Mary’s bodily Assumption into heaven will make our belief in our own resurrection stronger and render it more effective. Arguing that Mary’s soul went to heaven at the end of her earthly life is to claim nothing different than what happens to every other person who died in a state of grace. Today we’re celebrating the only perfect human life in human history—that was the Mother of Jesus, the Immaculate Mother of God. She is the first one to enter under the New Covenant. Although souls in heaven are not deprived of the beatific vision they are somewhat limited by not having bodies, according to St. Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Miravalle described the glory of the Assumption, saying, “Today is a day to celebrate. The Assumption of Mary anticipates the general resurrection from the dead at the end of time; that sublime day on which Christ will return in glory and raise the just to the resurrection of life. Mary’s assumption means that there are no bones or tombs of Our Lady to venerate. It is a vitally important teaching with deep roots in Scripture and direct relevance to our daily lives. Former Swiss Guard Serves a Feast for the Imagination in, The Lost Riches of Catholic Catechisms with Aaron Seng of Tradivox, The Catholic Faith in Public Life After the 2020 Election with Derek Rotty, We Can Spiritually Grow Together While Social Distancing | Simone Rizkallah.