Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Notes for the preached version.

Saint Peter Damian opines that the Assumption of Our Lady was more glorious than the Ascension of Our Lord. His logic is simple: when Jesus entered the Kingdom he was greeted only by the angels, but when Mary entered the Kingdom she was greeted by Our Lord and all the angels and saints. This makes the prospect of our entry into the Kingdom even more glorious because we would be greeted by Our Lord, Our Lady and all of the angels and saints. The obvious question then is how can we ensure that we are ready to enter the Kingdom? The answer is what we prayed for in the opening prayer at Mass today: that we be “always attentive to the things that are above.” We do this by frequenting the Sacraments of the Church and by living according to each one of Christ’s teachings. A particular prayer that is helpful with this is the Rosary. The Rosary expresses and increases our love of God and Our Lady so that we and others are made ready for the Kingdom!

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