Of the Assumption of Mary
(Celebrated 15 August -
Holy Day of Obligation)

"The Assumption of Mary" - by CABEZALERO, Juan Martín - from Museo del Prado, Madrid

This Depiction-of the Virgin Mary by Cabezalero, is that of a young Jewish Girl with Long-flowing Hair, and dressed-in the Traditional Blue-and-White Attire-of a Young Jewish Maiden. Her Fluttering Robe, is Graceful and Lively. She is Borne-up to Heaven, by Angels and Putti. Her Assumption is a Foreshadowing-of our own Bodily Resurrection, at the End-of the World. Remember, that there are currently, Two (2) Bodies in Heaven, One (1) Body is the Glorified Human Nature of Jesus; the other Body is the Assumed, Unblemished Human Nature of Mary. The rest-of the Saints in Heaven, will not Receive Bodies until the Final Judgment.

 

The Image-of the Assumption-of the Virgin does not Derive-from the Bible, but from an Ecclesiastical Tradition that took-Shape, in the Middle Ages. By the 16th Century, it had become a Popular Theme. The Dogma-of the Assumption was Promulgated-by Pope Pius XII in his Apostolic Constitution - Munificentissimus Deus - 1 November 1950.

 

Of the Assumption of Mary

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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On this Day, the Church Celebrates, in Honor-of Mary, Two (2) Solemn Festivals;

the First (1st) is that of her Happy Passage-from this World;

the Second (2nd), that of her Glorious Assumption into Heaven.

Sequence of Holy Events

Death of the Virgin

Assumption into Heaven Coronation of Mary
as Queen of Heaven:
Daughter-of the Father
Spouse-of the Holy Spirit
Mother-of the Son

In the Present Discourse, we shall Speak-of her Happy Passage-from this World; and in the Next Discourse, of her Glorious Assumption.

How Precious, was the Death of Mary!

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) On-account-of the Special Graces that attended it.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) On-account-of the Manner, in which it Took-place.

Death, being the Punishment of Sin, it would seem that the Divine Mother, all Holy, and Exempt-as she was, from its Slightest Stain, should also have been Exempt-from Death, and from Encountering the Misfortunes, to which the Children-of Adam, Infected-by the Poison-of-Sin, are Subject. But, God was Pleased, that Mary should in All-things, 'Resemble' Jesus; and as the Son Died, it was Becoming-that, the Mother should also Die; because, moreover, He Wished, to-Give the Just, an Example-of the Precious Death Prepared-for them, He Willed that even the most Blessed Virgin should Die, but-by a Sweet and Happy Death. Let us, therefore, now consider how-Precious was Mary's Death: First (1st), on-account-of the Special Favors, by which it was-Accompanied; Secondly (2nd), on-account-of the Manner in which it Took-place.

 

First (1st) Point. There are Three (3) Things which Render Death Bitter:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Attachment to the World,

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Remorse for Sins, and

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The Death-of Mary, was entirely Free-from these Causes-of Bitterness, and was accompanied-by Three (3) Special Graces, which Rendered it Precious and Joyful. She Died, as she had Lived:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Entirely detached-from the Things-of the World;

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) She Died-in the Most Perfect Peace;

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) She Died-in the Certainty-of Eternal (∞) Glory.

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The Presentation of Mary
in the Temple, at age Three Years -
by CALVAERT, Denys -
from Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna
 


And in the First Place, there can be no-Doubt that, Attachment-to Earthly Things, Renders the Death-of the Worldly, Bitter and Miserable, as the Holy Ghost says: "O Death, how Bitter is the Remembrance of thee to a Man, who hath Peace-in his Possessions". But, because the Saints, Die, Detached-from the Things-of the World, their Death is not Bitter, but Sweet, Lovely, and Precious; that is to-say, as Saint Bernard remarks, Worth Purchasing at any Price, however Great.

"Blessed are the Dead, who Die-in the Lord". Who are they who, being already Dead, Die? They are those Happy Souls, who Pass-into Eternity (∞) already Detached, and, so-to-say, Dead-to all Affection-for Terrestrial Things; and who, like Saint Francis-of-Assisi, found-in God alone, all their Happiness, and with him could say, "My God and my All".

But, what Soul was ever-more Detached-from Earthly Goods, and more United-to God, than the Beautiful Soul of Mary? She was Detached-from her Parents; for at the Age-of Three (3) Years, when Children are most Attached-to them, and Stand-in the Greatest Need-of their Assistance, Mary, with the Greatest Intrepidity, left them, and went to Shut herself up in the Temple, to-Attend-to God alone. She was Detached-from Riches, Contenting herself to be always Poor, and Supporting herself with the Labor-of her own Hands. She was Detached-from Honors, Loving a Humble and Abject Life, though the Honors due-to a Queen were hers, as she was Descended-from the Kings-of-Israel. The Blessed Virgin herself, Revealed-to Saint Elizabeth-of-Hungary, that when her Parents left her in the Temple, she Resolved-in her Heart, to have no-Father, and to Love no-other Good, than God.

Saint John saw Mary Represented-in that Woman, 'Clothed-with the Sun', who held the Moon under her Feet. "And a Great Sign appeared in Heaven: a Woman Clothed with the Sun, and the Moon under her Feet". Interpreters explain the 'Moon' to-Signify the Goods-of this World, which, like her, are 'Uncertain' and 'Changeable'. Mary never had these Goods-in her Heart, but always Despised-them and Trampled-them under her Feet; Living in this World, as a Solitary Turtle-Dove in a Desert, never allowing her Affection to Centre-itself on any Earthly Thing; so that of her it was said: "The Voice of the Turtle is Heard in our Land". And elsewhere: "Who is she that Goeth up by the Desert"? Whence the Abbot Rupert says, "Thus didst thou Go up by the Desert; that is, having a Solitary Soul". Mary, then, having Lived 'Always' and 'In-all-Things', Detached-from the Earth, and United-to God alone, Death was not Bitter, but, on the Contrary, very Sweet and Dear to her; since it United her more-Closely-to God in Heaven, by an Eternal (∞) Bond.


Secondly. Peace of Mind renders the Death-of the Just, Precious. Sins committed-during Life are the Worms, which so-Cruelly Torment and Gnaw, the Hearts-of Poor, Dying, Sinners, who, about-to Appear-before the Divine Tribunal, see themselves at that Moment, surrounded-by their Sins, which Terrify them, and Cry-out, according-to Saint Bernard, "We are thy Works; we will not Abandon thee". Mary, certainly could not be Tormented-at Death, by any Remorse-of Conscience, for she was always Pure, and always Free-from the least Shade-of Actual or Original Sin; so-much-so, that of her it was said: "Thou art all Fair, O my Love, and there is not a Spot in thee".

From the Moment that she had the Use-of Reason, that is, from the First (1st) Moment of her Immaculate Conception in the Womb-of Saint Anne, she began-to Love God with all her Strength, and Continued-to do so, always Advancing more-and-more, throughout her Whole Life, in Love and Perfection. All her Thoughts, Desires, and Affections, were of-and-for God alone; she never Uttered a Word, made a Movement, Cast a Glance, or Breathed, but for God and His Glory; and never Departed a Step, or Detached herself for a Single-Moment, from the Divine Love. Ah, how did all the Lovely Virtues she had Practiced during Life, Surround her 'Blessed-bed' in the Happy Hour of her Death! That Faith, so-Constant; that Loving confidence-in God; that Unconquerable Patience, in the Midst-of so many Sufferings; that Humility, in the Midst-of so many Privileges; that Modesty; that Meekness; that Tender Compassion-for Souls; that Insatiable Zeal-for the Glory of God; and, above all, that most Perfect Love towards Him, with that entire Uniformity to the Divine Will: all, in-a-Word, Surrounded her, and Consoling her, said: "We are thy Works; we will not Abandon thee". Our Lady and Mother, we are all Daughters-of thy Beautiful Heart; now that thou art Leaving this Miserable Life, we will not-Leave thee, we also will-go, and be thy Eternal (∞) Accompaniment and Honor, in Paradise, where, by-our-Means, thou wilt Reign-as Queen-of all-Men and of all-Angels.

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Mary, Queen of all Men and of all Angels


In the Third Place, the Certainty-of Eternal (∞) Salvation, Renders Death Sweet. Death is called a Passage; for by- Death, we Pass from a 'Short', to an Eternal (∞) Life. And as the Dread-of those is indeed Great, who Die in-Doubt-of their Salvation, and who Approach the Solemn Moment with well-Grounded Fear of Passing-into Eternal (∞) Death; thus, on-the-other-hand, the Joy-of the Saints is indeed Great, at the Close-of-Life, holding-with some-Security, to Go and Possess God in-Heaven. A Nun-of the Order-of-Saint-Teresa, when the Doctor announced-to her, her Approaching Death, was so Filled-with Joy, that she Exclaimed, "O, how is it, Sir, that you Announce-to me such Welcome News, and Demand no Fee"? Saint Lawrence-Justinian, being at the Point-of Death, and Perceiving his Servants, Weeping-round him, said: "Away, away with your Tears; this is no-Time to Mourn. Go elsewhere to-Weep; if you would remain-with me, 'Rejoice', as I 'Rejoice', in-seeing the Gates-of Heaven, Open-to me, that I may be United-to my God. Thus also, a Saint Peter-of-Alcantara, a Saint Aloysius-Gonzaga, and so many other Saints, on hearing that Death was at-hand, burst-forth into Exclamations-of Joy and Gladness. And yet they were not Certain-of being in Possession-of Divine Grace, nor were they Secure-of their own Sanctity, as Mary was. But, what Joy must the Divine Mother have felt, in Receiving the News-of her Approaching Death! She, who had the Fullest-certainty-of the Possession-of Divine Grace, especially after the Angel Gabriel had Assured her that she was Full-of it, and that she already-Possessed God. "Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee . . . thou hast Found Grace". And well did she herself know that her Heart was Continually Burning-with Divine Love; so that, as Bernardine-de-Bustis says, "Mary, by a Singular Privilege, Granted-to no other Saint, Loved, and was always actually Loving God, in every Moment of her Life", with such Ardor, that Saint Bernard declares, "It required a Continued Miracle to Preserve her Life, in the Midst of such Flames".

smoke.gif (691004 bytes) Of Mary, it had already been Asked-in the Sacred Canticles, "Who is she that goeth up by the Desert, as a Pillar-of-Smoke of Aromatical Spices, of Myrrh, and Frankincense, and all the Powders of the Perfumer? Her entire Mortification, typified-by the Myrrh, her Fervent Prayers, signified-by the Incense, and all her Holy Virtues, United-to her Perfect Love for God, Kindled-in her, a Flame so-Great, that her Beautiful Soul, wholly Devoted-to and Consumed-by Divine Love, arose continually-to God as a Pillar-of-Smoke, Breathing-forth on every-side a Most Sweet Odor. "Such Smoke, nay even such a Pillar-of-Smoke", says the Abbot Rupert, "hast thou, O Blessed Mary, Breathed-forth a Sweet Odor to the Most High". Eustachius expresses it in still Stronger Terms: "A Pillar-of-Smoke, because Burning Interiorly, as a Holocaust with the Flame-of Divine Love, she sent-forth a most Sweet Odor". As the Loving Virgin Lived, so did she Die. As Divine Love gave her Life, so did it Cause her Death; for the Doctors and Holy Fathers of the Church, Generally-say she Died-of no-other Infirmity, than Pure Love; Saint Ildehonsus says that Mary either ought not to Die, or only Die-of Love.

 

Second (2nd) Point. But now, let us see how her Blessed Death, took place. After the Ascension of Jesus Christ, Mary remained-on Earth, to-attend-to the Propagation-of the Faith. Hence the Disciples-of Our Lord had Recourse-to her, and she Solved their Doubts, Comforted them in their Persecutions, and Encouraged them to Labor-for the Divine Glory, and the Salvation-of Redeemed Souls. She Willingly remained-on Earth, knowing that such was the Will-of-God, for the Good-of the Church; but she could not but feel the Pain of being Far-from the Presence and Sight-of her Beloved Son, Who had Ascended-to Heaven. "Where your Treasure is, there will your Heart be also", said the Redeemer. Where anyone, Believes his Treasure and his Happiness to be, there he always Holds the Love and Desires-of his Heart, 'Fixed'. If Mary, then, Loved no-other Good than Jesus, He being-in Heaven, all her Desires were-in Heaven. Taulerus says, that:

"Heaven was the Cell of the Heavenly and most Blessed Virgin Mary; for, being there with all her Desires and Affections, she made it her Continual Abode. Her School was Eternity, for she was always Detached and Free-from Temporal Possessions. Her Teacher was Divine Truth; for her Whole Life was Guided by this alone. Her Book was the Purity-of her own Conscience, in which she always found Occasion-to Rejoice in the Lord. Her Mirror was the Divinity; for she never Admitted any Representations into her Soul, but such as were Transformed into and Clothed with God, that so she might always Conform herself to His Will. Her Ornament was Devotion, for she Attended Solely-to her Interior Sanctification, and was always Ready-to Fulfill the Divine Commands. Her Repose was Union-with God; for He alone was her Treasure, and the Resting-place of her Heart".

The Most Holy Virgin, Consoled her Loving Heart during this Painful Separation, by Visiting, as it is Related, the Holy Places of-Palestine, where her Son had been, during His Life. She frequently Visited-at One-Time, the Stable-at Bethlehem, where her Son was Born; at another, the Workshop-of Nazareth, where her Son had Lived so-many Years, Poor and Despised; now the Garden-of-Gethsemane, where her Son commenced His Passion; then the Praetorium-of Pilate, where He was Scourged, and the 'Spot' on-which He was Crowned-with-Thorns; but she Visited most-Frequently the Mount-of-Calvary, where her Son Expired; and the Holy Sepulcher, in which she had finally left Him: thus did the most Loving Mother, Soothe the Pains-of her Cruel Exile. But this could not be-Enough to-Satisfy her Heart, which was unable to find Perfect Repose in this World. Hence she was Continually Sending-up Sighs to her Lord, exclaiming with David: "Who will give me Wings like a Dove, and I will Fly and be at Rest"? Who will give me Wings like a Dove, that I may Fly-to my God, and there Find my Repose? "As the Heart Panteth-after the Fountains-of Water: so my Soul Panteth-after Thee, my God". As the Wounded Stag, Pants-for the Fountain, so does my Soul, Wounded-by Thy Love, O my God, Desire and Sigh-after Thee. Yes, indeed, the Sighs-of this Holy Turtle-Dove, could not but Deeply Penetrate the Heart of her God, Who indeed so-Tenderly Loved her. "The Voice of the Turtle, is Heard in our Land". Wherefore, being Unwilling-to Defer any-Longer, the so-much-desired Consolation-of His Beloved, 'Behold', He Graciously Hears her Desire, and Calls her to His Kingdom.

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Announcement of Death to the Virgin -
by DUCCIO di Buoninsegna -
from Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena
(The Archangel Gabriel, makes his Second Annunciation-to Mary, telling her "He Wills thee in Heaven". He Offers the Palm Branch to the Virgin - the 'Palma Mortis' is an Emblem-of Death, and a Symbol-of Paradise to-come)
 

Cedrenus, Nicephorus, and Metaphrastes, relate that, some Days-before her Death, Our Lord sent her the Archangel Gabriel, the same who Announced-to her, that she was that Blessed Woman, Chosen-to be the Mother of God: "My Lady and Queen", said the Angel, "God has already Graciously Heard thy Holy Desires, and has sent me to tell thee to Prepare thyself to Leave the Earth; for He Wills thee in Heaven. Come, then, to take Possession-of thy Kingdom; for I and all its Holy Inhabitants, Await and Desire thee".

On this Happy Annunciation, what else could our most-Humble and most-Holy Virgin do, but, with the most-Profound Humility, reply-in the same-Words, in-which she had Answered Saint Gabriel, when he Announced-to her that she was to-Become the Mother-of God: "Behold the Handmaid of the Lord". 'Behold', she Answered-again, the Slave-of the Lord. He, in His Pure Goodness, Chose-me and Made-me His Mother; He now Calls-me to Paradise. I did not Deserve-that Honor, neither do I Deserve this. But, since He is Pleased-to Show-in my person, His Infinite (∞) Liberality, 'Behold', I am Ready-to go where He Pleases. "Behold the Handmaid of the Lord". May the Will-of my God and Lord, be ever Accomplished-in me!

After Receiving this 'Welcome' Intelligence, she Imparted it to Saint John: we may well imagine, with-what Grief and Tender Feelings he heard the News; he, who for so-many Years, had Attended-upon her, as a Son, and had Enjoyed the Heavenly Conversation-of this most Holy Mother. She then once-more Visited the Holy Places of-Jerusalem, Tenderly taking leave-of them, and Especially-of Mount Calvary, where her Beloved Son had Died. She then Retired-into her Poor Cottage, there to Prepare-for Death.

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The Death of the Virgin (detail), Click for Full Image -
by CARAVAGGIO - from Musée du Louvre, Paris
Caravaggio, at his 'Best', depicts the 'Overwhelming' Solemnity and 'Absolute' Devastation-of the young Saint John-the-Evangelist (Right), Mary Magdalene and the other Apostles, who are Struck Dumb by their Grief - like Relief Sculptures on Antique Tombs - at the Virgin's Death. There is no suggestion, that Mary will be Assumed-into Heaven, and their Sorrow, Turned-into Joy .

During this Time, the Angels did not Cease their Visits-to their Beloved Queen, Consoling themselves with the Thought-that they would soon-see her Crowned-in Heaven. Many Authors asserted-that, before her Death, the Apostles, and also many Disciples, who were scattered-in Different Parts-of the World, were Miraculously assembled-in Mary's Room, and that when she saw all-these her Dear Children, in her Presence, she thus Addressed them: "My Beloved Children, through Love for you, and to Help you, my Son left me on this Earth. The Holy Faith is now Spread-throughout the World, already the Fruit-of the Divine Seed is Grown-up; Hence, my Lord, seeing that my Assistance on Earth is no-longer Necessary, and Compassionating my Grief in being Separated-from Him, has Graciously Listened-to my Desire, to Quit this Life and to Go and See Him in Heaven. Do you Remain, then, to Labor-for His Glory. If I Leave you, my Heart remains-with you; the Great Love I Bear you, I shall Carry-with me and always Preserve. I go to-Paradise to Pray-for you".

Who can Form an Idea-of the Tears and Lamentations of the Holy Disciples, at this Sad Announcement, and at the Thought that soon, they were to be Separated-from their Mother? All then, Weeping, exclaimed:

"Then, O Mary, thou art already about-to Leave us. It is True, that this World is not a Place Worthy-of or Fit-for thee; and as for us, we are Unworthy-to Enjoy the Society-of a Mother of God; but, remember, thou art our Mother; hitherto thou hast Enlightened us in our Doubts; thou hast Consoled us in our Afflictions; thou hast been our Strength, in-Persecutions; and now, how canst thou Abandon us, Leaving us alone, in the Midst-of so-many Enemies and so-many Conflicts, Deprived-of thy Consolation? We have already Lost-on Earth, Jesus, our Master and Father, Who has Ascended into Heaven; until now, we have found Consolation-in thee, our Mother; and now, how canst thou also leave us Orphans, without Father or Mother. Our own sweet Lady, either Remain-with us, or Take us with thee."

Thus Saint John Damascene writes:

"No, my Children" (thus Sweetly the Loving Queen began to-Speak), "this is not According-to the Will-of God; be Satisfied-to do that which He has Decreed-for me, and for you. To you it yet Remains, to Labor-on Earth for the Glory-of your Redeemer, and to Make-up your Eternal Crown. I do not Leave you, to Abandon you, but to Help you still-more in Heaven, by my Intercession-with God. Be Satisfied! I Commend the Holy Church to you; I Commend Redeemed Souls to you; let this be my Last Farewell, and the Only Remembrance I Leave you: Execute it if you Love me, Labor-for the Good-of Souls and for the Glory-of my Son; for One Day, we shall meet again in Paradise, never more for all Eternity, to be Separated".

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The Death of the Virgin -
by Unknown Spanish Master -
from Museo del Prado, Madrid


 

She then Begged them to give Burial-to her Body after Death; Blessed them, and Desired Saint John, as Saint John-Damascene relates, to give after her Death, Two (2) of her Gowns, to Two (2) Virgins, who had Served her, for Some-time. She then Decently Composed herself on her Poor Little Bed, where she Laid herself to-Await Death, and with it, the Meeting-with the Divine Spouse, Who Shortly was to-Come and Take her with Him to the Kingdom-of-the-Blessed. Behold, she already Feels-in her Heart, a Great Joy, the Forerunner-of the Coming-of the Bridegroom, which Inundates her with an Unaccustomed and Novel Sweetness.

The Holy Apostles, seeing that Mary was Already-on the Point-of Leaving this World, Renewing their Tears, all threw themselves on their Knees around her Bed; some Kissed her Holy Feet, some sought a Special Blessing from her, some Recommended a Particular Want, and all Wept Bitterly; for their Hearts were Pierced-with Grief, at being Obliged-to Separate themselves, for the Rest-of their Lives, from their Beloved Lady. And she, the Most Loving Mother, Compassionated all, and Consoled each one; to some, Promising her Patronage, Blessing others with Particular Affection, and Encouraging others to the Work-of the Conversion-of the World; especially, she called Saint Peter to her, and as Head-of the Church and Vicar-of her Son, Recommended-to him, in a Particular Manner, the Propagation-of the Faith, Promising him at the same-Time, her Especial Protection in Heaven. But more-Particularly, did she call Saint John to her, who more-than any other, was Grieved-at this Moment, when he had to Part-with his Holy Mother; and the Most Gracious Lady, Remembering the Affection and Attention, with-which this Holy Disciple had Served her, during all the Years she had Remained-on Earth, since the Death-of her Son, said:

"My own John" (speaking with the Greatest Tenderness) "my own John, I Thank thee for all the Assistance thou hast Afforded me; my son, be Assured of it, I shall not be Ungrateful. If I now Leave thee, I go to Pray for thee. Remain in Peace in this Life, until we meet again in Heaven, where I Await thee. Never Forget me. In all thy Wants, Call me to thy Aid; for I will never Forget thee, my Beloved son. Son, I Bless thee. I leave thee my Blessing. Remain in Peace. Farewell".

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Death of the Virgin - by DUCCIO di Buoninsegna - from Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena - (Jesus takes the Spirit of Mary,
 into His Hands)

But, already the Death-of Mary is at-hand; Divine Love, with its Vehement and Blessed Flames, had already almost Entirely Consumed the Vital Spirits; the Heavenly Phoenix is already Losing her Life in the midst-of this Fire. Then the Host-of Angels, Come-in Choirs to meet her, as if to be Ready-for the Great Triumph, with-which they were to Accompany her to Paradise. Mary was Indeed Consoled-at the Sight-of these Holy Spirits, but was not Fully Consoled; for she did not yet see her Beloved Jesus, Who was the Whole Love-of her Heart. Hence she often Repeated-to the Angels, who Descended-to Salute her: "I Adjure you, O Daughters-of-Jerusalem, if you find my Beloved, that you tell Him that I Languish with Love". Holy Angels, O Fair Citizens-of the Heavenly Jerusalem, you come-in Choirs, Kindly-to Console me; and you all Console me with your Sweet Presence. I Thank you; but you do not Fully Satisfy me, for as yet, I do not See my Son, Coming-to Console me: go, if you Love me, Return-to Paradise, and on my-Part, Tell my Beloved that "I Languish with Love". Tell Him to-Come, and to-Come Quickly, for I am Dying-with the Vehemence-of my Desire-to See Him.

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The Death of the Virgin - by GOES, Hugo van der -
from Groeninge Museum, Bruges

But, 'Behold', Jesus is now Come-to take His Mother, to the Kingdom-of-the-Blessed. It was Revealed-to Saint Elizabeth, that her Son appeared-to Mary, before she Expired, with His Cross in His Hands, to-Show the Special Glory He had obtained-by the Redemption; having, by His Death, made Acquisition-of that Great Creature, who for all Eternity (∞), was to Honor Him more-than all Men and Angels.

Saint John Damascene, Relates-that Our Lord Himself, gave her the Viaticum, Saying-with Tender Love, "Receive, O My Mother, from My Hands, that same Body which thou Gavest-to Me". And the Mother, having Received-with the Greatest Love, that Last Communion, with her Last Breath said, "My Son, into Thy Hands do I Commend my Spirit. I Commend-to Thee this Soul, which from the Beginning, Thou didst Create Rich-in so many Graces, and by a Singular Privilege, didst Preserve-from the Stain-of Original Sin. I Commend-to Thee my Body, from which Thou didst Deign-to take Thy Flesh and Blood. I also Commend-to Thee, these, my Beloved Children; (speaking of the Holy Disciples, who surrounded her) they are Grieved-at my Departure. Do Thou, Who Lovest them more than I do, Console them; Bless them, and give them Strength, to do Great Things for Thy Glory".

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La Madre Santissima de la Luz
(Mary Mother of Light)
 

The Life-of Mary, being now at its Close, the most-Delicious Music, as Saint Jerome relates, was Heard-in the Apartment where she Lay; and, according-to a Revelation-of Saint Bridget, the Room was also Filled-with a Brilliant Light. This Sweet Music, and the Unaccustomed Splendor, Warned the Holy Apostles, that Mary was then Departing. This Caused them again, to Burst-forth in Tears and Prayers; and Raising their Hands, with One Voice, they exclaimed, "O, Mother, thou already Goest-to Heaven; thou Leavest us; Give us thy Last Blessing, and never Forget us Miserable Creatures". Mary, Turning her Eyes around Upon-all, as if to Bid them a Last Farewell, said, "Adieu, my Children; I Bless you; Fear not, I will never Forget you". 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 Amorous 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 (∞).

Mary, then, has Left this World; she is now in-Heaven. Thence, does this Compassionate Mother Look-down upon us, who are still-in this "Valley-of-Tears". She Pities us, and, if we Wish it, Promises to Help us. Let us always Beseech her, by the Merits-of her Blessed Death, to Obtain us a Happy Death; and should such-be the Good Pleasure-of God, let us Beg her to Obtain us the Grace to Die-on a Saturday, which is a Day Dedicated-in her Honor, or on a Day-of a Novena, or within the Octave-of One-of her Feasts; for this, she has Obtained-for so many of her Clients, and especially for Saint Stanislaus-Kostka, for whom she Obtained-that he should Die-on the Feast-of her Assumption, as Father Bartoli, Relates-in the 'Example', provided below.

Salve Regina

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.

Amen

 

- End of Liguori Discourse -

 

Example

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Daughter of the Father,
Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
Mother of the Son,
Queen of All Creation,
Regina Mundi

During his Lifetime, Saint Stanislaus, a Holy Youth, who was Wholly Dedicated-to the Love-of Mary, happened, on the First (1st)-of August, to hear a Sermon preached-by Father Peter-Canisius, in which, Exhorting the Novices-of the Society, he urged them all, with the Greatest Fervor, to Live each-Day, as-if it was the Last-of their Lives, and the One, on-which they were to be Presented-before God's Tribunal. After the Sermon, Saint Stanislaus told his Companions that, that-Advice had been for him, in an Especial Manner, the Voice-of God; for that he was to-Die, in the Course-of that very Month (August). It is evident, from what followed, that he said this, either because God had expressly-Revealed it to him, or at-least because He gave him a certain Internal Presentiment-of it. Four (4) Days afterwards, Saint Stanislaus went-with Father Emanuel to Saint Mary-Major's. The Conversation fell-on the approaching Feast-of-the-Assumption (15th August), and the Saint said, "Father, I Believe that on that Day, is-seen-in Paradise, the Glory-of the Mother-of God, Crowned Queen-of-Heaven, and Seated so-near to our Lord, above all the Choirs-of Angels. And if, as I Firmly Believe-it to-be, this Festival is Renewed every-Year, I Hope to-see the Next". The Glorious Martyr, Saint Lawrence (Feast Day - 10th August) had Fallen-by-Lot to Saint Stanislaus, as his Patron for that Month-of August, it being Customary in the Society, thus to draw them. It is said that he Wrote a Letter-to his Mother Mary, in which he Begged her to-Obtain him the 'Favor', to be Present-at her Next Festival in-Heaven. On the Feast-of Saint Lawrence (10th August), he Received the Holy Communion, and afterwards 'Entreated' Saint Lawrence to-Present his Letter-to the Divine Mother, and to-Support his Petition, with his Intercession, that the most Blessed Virgin might Graciously Accept and Grant it. Towards the Close-of that very Day, he was Seized-with Fever; and though the Attack was 'Slight', he considered that 'Certainly', he had-obtained the Favor asked-for. This indeed, he Joyfully Expressed, and with a Smiling Countenance, on going-to Bed, said, "From this Bed I shall never Rise again". And Speaking-to Father Claudius Aquaviva, he added, "Father, I Believe that Saint Lawrence has already Obtained me the Favor from-Mary, to be in-Heaven on the Feast-of her Assumption". No one, however, took much Notice-of his Words. On the Vigil-of the Feast, his Illness still seemed-of little-Consequence, but the Saint assured a Brother, that he should Die that Night. "O Brother", the Other answered, "it would be a Greater Miracle to Die-of so-slight an Illness, than to be Cured". Nevertheless, in the Afternoon, he Fell-into a Deathlike Swoon; a Cold Sweat came over him, and he Lost all his Strength. The Superior hastened-to him, and Stanislaus entreated him. to have him Laid-on the Bare Floor, that he might Die-as a Penitent. To Satisfy him, this was Granted: he was Laid-on a Thin Mattress, on the Ground. He then made his Confession, and in the Midst-of the Tears-of all-Present, received the Viaticum: I say, of the Tears-of all-Present, for when the Divine Sacrament was brought-into the Room, his Eyes Brightened-up with Celestial Joy, and his Whole Countenance was Inflamed-with Holy Love, so that he seemed-like a Seraph. He also received Extreme Unction, and in the mean-while, did Nothing but Constantly Raise his Eyes to Heaven, and Lovingly Press-to his Heart, an Image-of Mary. A Father asked him, to what Purpose he kept a Rosary-in his hand, since he could not use it. He replied, "It is a Consolation to me, for it is Something Belonging-to my Mother". "O, how much Greater will your Consolation be", added the Father, "when you Shortly see her, and Kiss her Hands in Heaven". On Hearing this, the Saint, with his Countenance all-on-Fire, Raised his Hands to Express his Desire, Soon to be in her Presence. His Dear Mother then Appeared-to him, as he himself told those, who Surrounded him; and shortly-afterwards, at the Dawn-of Day, on the Fifteenth (15th)-of August, with his Eyes Fixed-on Heaven, he Expired-like a Saint, without the Slightest Struggle; so-much-so, that it was only on Presenting him the Image-of the Blessed Virgin, and seeing that he made no-Movement towards it, that it was Perceived that he was already Gone-to Kiss the Feet-of his Beloved Queen, in-Paradise.

 

Prayer

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Regina Mundi

O Most Sweet Lady and our Mother, thou hast already Left the Earth and Reached thy Kingdom, where, as Queen, thou art Enthroned-above all the Choirs-of Angels, as the Church sings: "She is Exalted-above the Choirs-of Angels in the Celestial Kingdom". We well-Know, that we Sinners are not Worthy-to Possess thee in this Valley-of-Darkness; but we also know that thou, in thy Greatness, hast never Forgotten us Miserable Creatures, and that by being Exalted-to such Great Glory, thou hast never Lost Compassion-for us Poor Children-of Adam; nay, even that it is Increased-in thee.

From the High Throne, then, to which thou art Exalted, turn, O Mary, thy Compassionate Eyes upon us, and Pity us. Remember, also, that in Leaving this World, thou didst Promise not to Forget us. Look-at us and Succor us. See-in the Midst-of what Tempests and Dangers, we Constantly are, and shall be, Until the End-of our Lives.

By the Merits-of thy Happy Death, Obtain us Holy Perseverance in the Divine Friendship, that we may finally Quit this Life, in God's Grace; and thus we also shall One-day come-to Kiss thy Feet in-Paradise, and Unite-with the Blessed Spirits, in Praising thee and Singing thy Glories, as thou Deserves.

Amen