Death holds no terror

A Rosary Meditation: The Fourth Glorious Mystery, The Assumption.

“For he has so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men.” Judith 13:25.

Sometimes I think its best to let saints speak. So … From St. Alphonsus de Liguori …

“And now death came; not indeed clothed in mourning and grief, as it does to others, but adorned with light and gladness. But what do we say? Why speak of death? Let us rather say that divine love came, and cut the thread of that noble life. And as a light, before going out, gives a last and brighter flash than ever, so did this beautiful creature, on hearing her Son’s invitation to follow him, wrapped in the flames of love, and in the midst of her loving sighs, give a last sigh of still more ardent love, and breathing forth her soul, expired. Thus was that great soul, that beautiful dove of the Lord, loosened from the bands of this life; thus did she enter into the glory of the blessed, where she is now seated, and will be seated, Queen of Paradise, for all eternity.” Glories, p. 420.

Death isn’t always a terror. For the followers of Christ its a homecoming. That’s no terror. Its a release from the bondage of the world and a prelude to our resurrection. For Mary it all happened at once. I suppose the terror of death stems from a knowledge of sin and its rewards. There was nothing like this in death for Mary. For Mary death meant only to follow her son. She loved him, loves him, enough to want to follow him in all things. This would include death. It would also include her Assumption. He had ascended, under his own power. Remember that her only desire was to follow him. Mary couldn’t ascend into Heaven on her own, but being perfect her love reached Heaven and that left God with what choice? Mary, being sinless, could only be gathered up by God and taken to a Realm where no sin enters, neither can it reign. She couldn’t be left here, her body left to suffer the decay that’s only one result of sin and death. To ever think that there was no such thing as the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is like saying God is not love. And we know better.

“In every nation which shall hear thy name, the God of Israel shall be magnified on occasion of thee.” Judith 13:31.

Just a thought … “She, by an entirely unique privilege, completely overcame sin by her Immaculate Conception, and as a result she was not subject to the law of remaining in the corruption of the grave, and she did not have to wait until the end of time for the redemption of her body.” Pope Pius XII. Consider what a mother we have! So many go, sadly, to a mothers grave, leaving flowers on a birthday or Mothers Day. With Mary as our mother we’ll never be able to do that. There is no grave, there never will be. There is a knowledge that mother has gone on ahead of us. She waits there for us with Him. And death ought never hold a terror for the Christian.

 

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Going home to Mother’s

A Rosary Meditation: The Fourth Glorious Mystery, The Assumption.

“Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon earth.” Judith 13:23.

While the above verse wasn’t necessarily written with Mary in mind it does fit, doesn’t it? And I’d add a little to it. ” … above all women upon earth and in heaven.”

At some point in time we’re all, each and every one of us, die. And we’ll all go home when that happens. Right now, in this life, we get to work on which address will be ours. But that’s another post. Right now we’ll figure we’re going to the right address and go from there.

Jesus said that in his Father’s house were many mansions and he was going to get a place ready for us. In my mind he got the place ready on the cross at Calvary. But it occurs to me that his Father’s house is his Mother’s house too. She is, after all, Queen of Heaven and earth. And she was assumed into Heaven at the end of her time here on earth. When we go home we’ll really be going home. We’ll be going home to Mother’s. Just think about that for a minute. We’ll be at home, His, hers, and ours. We’ll be with Mother Mary. We’ll get to set at her feet and listen to her just as Jesus did as a child. And we’ll learn and grow just as any other child would. But with a difference. This learning and growing will be perfect, just as our Heavenly Father is perfect. And our Heavenly Mother, who has gone on ahead and waits for us now.

So as you’re out and about today remember home, your real one, and think about what it’ll be like to live with Mom.

“Jesus answered, and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him.” John 14:23, Douay-Rheims.

Just a thought … We’ve got a lot to look forward to.

Life in the fullest … Wednesday, January 2

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Glorious Mystery, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. “”In every nation which shall hear thy name, the God of Israel shall be magnified on occasion of thee.” Judith 13:31. The Church, the world over, lives this verse daily. We witness to the world the greatness of God because of all He did with and through a willing Mary. We give Him glory and call attention to Him by recognizing her and paying her the respect due someone so blessed of God. See how it always comes back to Him? That’s how it is with Mary. She always, by word and example, takes us to God. And this is an example for us to follow. When people see us they ought not see us but rather see Jesus living in and through us. The greatest sermon anyone can ever preach is a Godly life. Words are nice, action speaks louder. And Mary, by her actions, shouts to the Universe that Jesus is Lord of Lord and King of Kings. Immaculately conceived, leading a sinless life of service to God, being the Mother of God, being our mother, and all the rest. Show me one sermon in the Bible she ever preached. There are none. But look at the effect her life had. And HAS. “Has” is important here because no saint is ever lost to us, least of all Mary. Mary is very much present tense. God, in His love for her, took her to Heaven. Body and soul. She lives there now, in the fullest sense, just as we will after the resurrection. As we pray this Mystery, the Assumption, let’s think about what it means to be in God’s presence, whole and entire. How will you feel, what will you experience? We can’t know now, not while we’re earth-bound. 1 Corinthians 2:9. But we can try to imagine. And it might just do us good to consider being fully with God, with all His wonders. Its something to look forward to, something to strive for. Philippians 3:14.

Today …  St. Bildulf was a monk at Bobbio, Italy, also called Bladulph. He confronted King Arioald of the Lombards to denounce that monarch’s heretical views and reformed the court and the area. That took guts. Notice that he didn’t die a martyr. But confronting a kink like that could easily have made him one. And I’m sure he knew that. He went anyway. Why? Because the prize to be won, Philippians 3:14 again, was more than worth the risk. As we live our daily lives and are faced by our own tiny martyrdom’s, when we have to relinquish our will or put our ego under subjection, lets remember St. Bildulf. He stood fearless before an earthly king that he might stand joyous before the King of Kings.

Remember … “We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.” Saint Louis Marie de Montfort.

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Part 14: The Fourth Glorious Mystery, the Assumption

Part 14 of a 15 part series on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

The fourth glorious mystery: The Assumption.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is assumed by God into Heaven. This is one of my favorite mysteries. I know that each mystery has many levels and that each has great depth. Enough to keep us joyfully employed in contemplation for all eternity. But I can’t seem to get past one simple thing here. I guess it’s what God knows I most need to see. When that changes I’ll let you know. But, simply, what I see is Jesus reaching down and Mary reaching up. That’s all. But its the reason behind the reach that fills me so that there is, currently, no room left for other considerations. Its simple. It’s a Son’s love for His Mother.

Prayer: Mother Mary, I love you.

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A Rosary Prayer & Meditation Tool

I really wish I could claim the following idea as my own but I can’t. I found it on Facebook. I’ve tried it and it is WONDERFUL. I will continue to use it on a regular basis. Because it has proven itself with me I share it here …

Take a sticky-note and use it as a marker in your New Testament. You’ll move it down, line by line, “marking” each line with it as you go. Note that you’re going line by line, not verse by verse. As you pray the Rosary, with each new mystery you go to a new line and meditate on what that line tells you about that mystery, or vice versa. Personally the only lines I skip are the “begats” and “begots”. Don’t worry if the mystery and line seem not to match. With the exercise of a bit of gray matter, and with help from above, you’ll be amazed at the insights even from seemingly unrelated thoughts. Don’t give up if at first it seems a tad hard. It’ll grow on you, and you’ll grow as a result.

Example: I’ll share this because I think it is a good example of “unrelated” thoughts. I was about to pray the Fourth Glorious Mystery, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I drop down to the next line in my Bible and its about Joseph, finding Mary pregnant, and going to “put her away privately”. So, how do these relate? I looked, I thought, I believe the Holy Spirit revealed. To me at least, for my edification. I saw a play on words. God looked upon Mary and assumed her into Heaven. Joseph, being human, looked upon Mary and assumed something logical but incorrect. The lesson? Two fold: Don’t make assumptions because I don’t have all the facts, and God doesn’t see like I do. My vision is limited, leading to assumptions that aren’t correct. God’s vision is 20-20 in all directions and sees the reality of the situation.

 

Note: By “line” I mean a sentence.

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