Mother and Child Reunion
As Catholics, we know that Mary, the Immaculate Conception, as such need not have been subject to death. It has been the common knowledge of all Catholics back to the earliest times, that Mary was conceived without sin and therefore her body did not die or undergo corruption. Mary laid down her earthly life in due time, in order that her Son might return, reunite her body and soul and bring her to Heaven to be with Him always. This dogma of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven by her Son, Jesus Christ has been widely rejected by protestants and others as evidence of “Mariolatry” or idolizing Mary.
However, in recent years, much scientific information has come to light that indicates the persistence of fetal cells in a woman long after the pregnancy has ended. The term for this is “fetal microchimerism”. There are numerous online sources for the phenomenon: BiomedSearch.com has a good synopsis of the phenomenon from a feminist perspective. For another point of view:GreenMedInfo.com has an interesting article reporting on evidence that fetal cells, persisting in the mother after birth, actually benefit the mother.
But the main conclusion to be drawn from this is that science has proven, beyond a doubt, that the child’s fetal cells remain in the mother long after birth. As a matter of fact, in some instances, over 50 years after birth!
Now, think about it! Our Lord’s Mother continued to retain the cells of His human body within her body! And since Jesus’ body was incorruptible, it simply makes sense that He would not leave any tissues of His incorruptible, divine body behind. And so, as our Church has always taught, Mother and Child were reunited and remain together in Heaven.
Mary Immaculate, the Mother of our Savior and by His infinite mercy, our Mother too, being lifted up into Heaven draws us, her children towards her. As St. John of the Cross tells us, she “never had the form of any creature imprinted in her soul, nor was moved by such, but was guided by the Holy Spirit.” From Father Gabriel, (Divine Intimacy, TAN publishers), “Mary’s Assumption…confirms us in this great and beautiful truth: we are created and called to union with God. Mary herself stretches out her maternal hand to guide us in the attainment of this high ideal. If we keep our eyes fixed on her, we shall advance more easily; she will be our guide, our strength and our consolation in every trial and difficulty.”
How can it be that this great Feast honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Assumption is no longer celebrated on her feast day of August 15th? In my diocese the feast of the Assumption, as also with the Ascension of Jesus, is deferred until the following Sunday. That’s tragic, when you consider the essential role of Mary as the Mother of our Church. No wonder the Catholic Church in America is wandering as lost souls, without our “Star of the Sea” to guide us! Our Bishops sue the government over contraception and abortion, while they donate millions to organizations that promote the same thing. Chaos reigns…
And so, my husband and I traveled over three hours round trip, to the nearest SSPX chapel to honor our Lady’s feast day. We weren’t at all certain that our old pickup truck would make the trip, but set out anyway. Since Mass was at 6 pm, and I wanted to receive confession beforehand, we arrived at 5 pm. What a wonderful sight to see! We are quite elderly, but the entire congregation was young families! Beautiful, BIG Catholic families! And we were especially rewarded by the Mass being a Gregorian High Mass celebrated by Father Niklaus Pfluger, the First Assistant to Bishop Fellay. We had benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary. It was a lovely Mass and the choir at that little Chapel was heavenly! Father Pfluger’s sermon was a tribute to Mary, in her Immaculate Conception and in her Assumption which logically follows from it. His accent is heavily Germanic, but the intensity of his sanctity and devotion helped it penetrate even my old brain. And after Mass, their newest young priest, just ordained in Econe, gave us his first priestly blessing.
There was so much more to tell, but if you already attend an SSPX chapel, it is old news. It was, as others have said, the most beautiful thing this side of heaven. After Mass, we were exhausted as we headed home and were still worried that our truck would leave us stranded, but we made it home by 10 pm, and were so happy to open the front door and be greeted by our family shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
And so we came full circle, with many, many blessings from Our Lady for honoring her feast day!
Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!