In the feast of the Assumption, the Church solemnly declared as an article of faith which must be believed, the assumption of our Blessed Lady, body and soul, into Heaven. Whether she died and was then taken into Heaven, or whether she was taken at the end of her life, we don’t know. It does mean, however, that she exists in her human body in Heaven today.
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This Sunday, the Baptist is doing himself down in order to elevate Jesus and let his followers know the important One, the Light of the World, is still to come. He is not the light, only the one given the task of pointing out the true light.
St. Peter Canisius (1521-1597). Born in Holland at Nijmegen, he studied in Cologne and joined the Jesuit Order, ordained 1546. He was sent to Germany where he worked to defend and strengthen the faith by his writings and preaching. His Catechism is outstanding for this. He died at Fribourg in Switzerland.
Today the Church accentuates both God and Mary’s freedom of choice. God chose her before all eternity to be the mother of His Son … but equally, she had to choose to accept that heavy burden of being a single mother whom Joseph, her fiancé, was tempted to dismiss and break off what would be […]