The Assumption of Mary

by Nicolas Poussin

Today August 15, the Roman Catholic Church honors Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, who was assumed body and soul into Heaven after 69 years on earth.  This event took place in Jerusalem’s Upper Room with the Apostles and followers of Christ gathered together.

Details of Mary’s life and glorious transition is contained in the book entitled “The Mystical City of God.”  Through visions given by Mary to a 17th century Spanish nun, Mary of Agreda, Mary’s history is recorded.  Most everything one could wish to know and encounter about the Mother of God is found in this magnanimous text – each time I re-read this book, I am singularly transformed with reverence and awe.

Mary’s lasting prayer to the world

“Dearest Children, always have I kept you with that tender love and charity, which was given to me by my divine Son, whom I have seen in you, his chosen friends…I now go to the eternal mansions, where I promise you as a Mother I will look upon you by the clearest light of Divinity.”

“My Children, love the Church, and love one another with that bond of charity, which your Master has always inculcated upon you.”

(Chapter VI, p. 768 and John 13, 34)

Holy Mother Mary, Pray for us