- Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow.
- Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went
- Everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.
So on August 15, we honor the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Scholars say that Mary’s death was never written about, and there is no historical record of it. But legend has it that she never actually died; but she experienced her “Dormition”; a falling asleep. And as she was about to depart this earth she summoned the apostles by her side, even those who had died, and the Doubting Thomas arrived on a cloud… And when Mary breathed her last, Jesus came and pulled her up. Her ascent into Heaven is called “the Assumption”. And there are beautiful paintings all over the world depicting this special event, showing Mary being raised up into the heavens, sometimes floating on a cloud, surrounded by angels etc… But she didn’t stay in heaven passively looking down at us, her poor children who the evil
ones waging war against, as depicted in Rev.12... Her portraits are displayed all over the world, and through time, hundreds if not thousands of apparitions have been reported. The most famous which have been sanctioned by the church have been the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fatima. These of course are considered private revelations and the Church prefers to leave them as such, focusing on the full Revelation of the word of God, as revealed in scripture… But in the Church’s Calendar August 15th is indeed a very special day, bringing hope to those who would accept it. Hope because in Christ, our Lord’s promise of salvation to the faithful has been fulfilled in the faithful one, Mary mother of the Redeemer; who is now Queen of Heaven and Earth. There are of course many good books explaining the source of this doctrine, and resources on a variety of Marian devotions etc… but for most baptized Catholics, Mary is simply God’s gift to mankind! The one who through her “fiat” altered the course of history forever… Glory Be to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… for all of that, for who we are, and who we have become in Christ Jesus!
Have a Blessed Feast Day!
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AUTHOR: DEACON JEAN PLOURDE
Deacon Jean and his wife Kathy are founders of Gabriel’s Corner Pregnancy Counseling Center in Council Bluffs, a non-profit organization established in 2006 to help women faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Their family settled in the Heartland after his distinguished career in the United States Air Force. With increased faith, they became “Daily Communicants," joined the Deaconate Community, and in 2003 he was ordained a Deacon. He is Lead Chaplain for St. Croix Hospice, having overall responsibility for end-of-life pastoral care of patients in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. Deacon Jean performs active ministry at Corpus Christi Parish in Council Bluffs.