Mary was taken up into Heaven

“Mary was taken up into heaven, the angels rejoice, and with praises, bless the Lord.” (Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Prime)
“Mary was taken up into heaven, the angels rejoice, and with praises, bless the Lord.” (Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Prime)

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He has done wonderful things…” (from the introit for today’s Mass.)

“Through thee redeemed to endless life, thy praise let all the nations sing.”

On this her feast day, we are called to consider that “that which has been realized in her, the total glorification of our humanity, will be realized for us at the end of time. This privilege is very fitting for her, all-pure, all-holy, whose body was never touched by any slightest shadow of sin, but was always the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Ark of the Covenant, the very Tabernacle of the Son of God. … Mary has been taken up into Heaven because she is the Mother of God. This is the greatest of her privileges., the root of all others and the reason for themMary’s Assumption thus confirms us in this great and beautiful truth: we are created and called to union with God. (Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, Divine Intimacy,).

Another reason exists for the Assumption of Mary; it is a quite practical one and can be proved scientifically. There are some truths that simply cannot, indeed, will not be denied. As such, the beautiful Eucharistic miracles which prove that the Consecrated Host is truly the body and blood (Type AB no less!) of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

And we now have scientific documentation of a process called microchimerism, which refers to the process of transfer of the maternal and infant cells during pregnancy. In other words, scientists now know that it is likely that the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lord Jesus Christ each harbor each other’s cells in their bodies. Therefore it is even more credible that Christ Our Lord brought His Mother, body and soul to be with Him in Heaven. (For more on microchimerism, see here, and here.)

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Mother and Child Reunion

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. Continue reading “Mother and Child Reunion”