Thursday, August 15, 2013
Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven
One of my theology professors told us to always go to the Preface of the Feast to understand the theology of it. I just know that August 15 was a feast of Our Lady from the fifth century as it celebrated the fact that she is the Mother of God. The Magnificat Mass booklet has a selection on the Graces of the Assumption by Hans Urs von Balthaser who was a great Swiss Catholic theologian. He says that "when Mary comes to God on the day of her Assumption, she simply returns home to the place that was hers from the start, a place so familiar to her (for it is the revelation of her real being) that she instantly knows "this is where I have always been." And then he reminds us that we are children of the Father, members of Christ and have the Holy Spirit so that our home is also the place where we originated.