Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Blessed Virgin And The Repairing Of Our Metaphysical Integrity


At the beginning of the 1900s, it seemed like a non-stop series of horrible, evil events would be shaping the rest of the 20th Century.  
  • Between the years 1914 and 1918,  the First World War was waged, leaving 10 million dead!
  • The Russian Revolution in 1917 cost 40 million lives!
  • Between 1939 and 1945 came a Second World War, with 50 million dead in Europe. This included the Holocaust of 6 million Jews.
  • On August 6, 1945 the Atomic Bomb killed 140,000 Japanese in Hiroshima in one bombing!
  • Three days later, a second Atomic Bombing killed 74,000 in Nagasaki!
In total: over 100,200,000 human beings -- that's one-hundred-million, two hundred thousand -- died during the first forty-five years of the 20th Century! 
And there were also millions and millions of people who were wounded, tortured, psychologically traumatized, starved, wasted by disease, or maimed and left handicapped for life!  
In the year 1950, unexpectedly,  Pope Pius XII solemnly declared, as a Doctrine of the Catholic Faith, that the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, was assumed bodily into Heaven and glorified by God.   Why did Pius XII officially define what Catholics had already believed for over 1,900 years?
Perhaps -- in the aftermath of forty-five years of the horrible things wars had done to destroy or maim people --  Pius XII knew that the world needed to be made mindful about what the holy, assumed body of the Mother of God meant for ALL human beings.
By Christ's Cross and Resurrection, the Risen, Glorified Life that our Blessed Mother enjoys right now can also be extended to us.   On the Day of the Resurrection of the Dead, we who have been faithful to Christ will also be taken up into Christ's Risen Life with our bodies glorified!
Pius XII must have hoped that the Doctrine of Mary's Assumption would help deepen, within all people,  a holy respect  for every human person: Respect for their physical nature (their bodies) and their personhood from conception through adult life.  Perhaps Pius XII officially defined the authenticity of Mary's bodily Assumption into Heaven in order to inspire all people to compassionately care for those inflicted with illnesses, injuries, handicaps, and old age -- as Christ commanded us to.
You see, because the Blessed Virgin Mary resisted all temptations to sin throughout her earthly existence -- at the moment of her death -- God preserved her body from decay and corruption: like the Body of her Son, Jesus.  Mary's body was assumed by God into Resurrected Life with her Son.  At death, our Blessed Mother – body and soul – immediately  passed from an earthly to a heavenly state of existence.
Unfortunately for us, sin has taken its toll on our human physical nature.  Original Sin has deprived us of the metaphysical integrity between body and soul which God originally gave human beings.  Our bodies will undergo decay and corruption.  We will not pass immediately from an earthly to heavenly state within our bodies.  Our bodies will be raised at a later event, when the last day comes.  This is made possible because Our Lord Jesus’ death and rising from the dead compensate for what sin destroys in us! 
The Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without sin and selfishness, lived without sin and selfishness, and died without sin and selfishness.  This places our Blessed Mother Mary in a privileged position within God's Plan of Salvation for us: 
  • She can and does help us, pray for us, encourage us from Heaven.  
  • We have her messages from Lourdes, and Fatima, and most likely, Medjugorje.  
  • And we have her example.  Our Blessed Mother shows us how to respond to Jesus, her Son, God's Eternal Word made Flesh. 
The Virgin Mother Of God, Mary -- now Queen of Heaven with a glorified body and soul --  teaches us from Heaven, how to RESPECT the LIFE, the BODY, and MIND of EVERY human person, from the pre-born infant to the very elderly.  Alleluia!


Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve,
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us.
And after this, our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God:
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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