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Friday, August 15, 2014

A Great Sign in the Sky...

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God.... 
Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offsprings, those who keep God's commandments and beat witness to Jesus.  (Rev. 12:1-6, 17) 

Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

On November 1, 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII proclaimed ex cathedra, i.e., using the gift of infallibility handed to Peter by Christ, the Assumption of Mary as a dogma of the Catholic Church.  It was the second of two times, Roman pontiffs have ever used that authority; the other being the Immaculate Conception in 1854.

In the pronouncement, Pope Pius stated, "We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven."

With that, an ancient tradition, first recorded in the 4th Century but believed from the time of her passing, became Catholic doctrine and the Assumption was declared a truth revealed by God...


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