The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not Biblical, oh, really?

For Catholics August 15th is a Holy Day of Obligation in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. No, she’s not an Ascended Master. She also did not rise by her own power. And, no, she is NOT a goddess. We look to Tradition to learn about Mary, but we also look to Scripture. If you’d like to know more, and especially about how to explain the Assumption (and Marian teachings in general) to non-Catholic friends and family, I’d like to recommend some easy to read, easy to understand resources for you. You’ll find links at the end of this post.

Guido Reni - The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Guido Reni, The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

First up, Dr. Robert Stackpole has written an excellent article, The Case for the Assumption of Mary, drawing on the Fathers of the Church, the work of Scott Hahn, and Karl Keating.

“[T]here is, indeed, an allusion to the mystery of the Assumption right in the very place we would most expect to find it if the doctrine were true: namely, in the writings of the Apostle St. John, the one into whose care our Lord placed His Mother at the hour of His death on the Cross, and especially in what may be the last of the New Testament books to be written, a book almost certainly written after Mary’s earthly life was over, the Book of Revelation.” — Dr Robert Stackpole, The Case for the Assumption of Mary

That should be enough to whet your appetite. You’ll have to read the rest at the Divine Mercy site.

Diego Velázquez - Coronation of the Virgin

Diego Velázquez, Coronation of the Virgin

Next I want to recommend one of the many excellent Bible studies from Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology: Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God, based upon Hahn’s equally excellent book, Hail, Holy Queen.

And last, the book itself, Hail, Holy Queen, available in print or ebook from your favorite bookseller, and also in Logos/Verbum format for those using Logos/Verbum applications. (There’s a learning curve but it’s very much worth it.)

Hail, Holy Queen - Scott Hahn

Hail, Holy Queen, by Dr. Scott Hahn

Screenshot Hail, Holy Queen, RSV2CE in Verbum

Hail, Holy Queen and the RSV2CE open with some tools in Verbum.

Learn more:

The Case for the Assumption of Mary – by Dr. Robert Stackpole.
https://www.thedivinemercy.org/library/article.php?NID=3691

Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God – Free Bible study on the web.
https://stpaulcenter.com/holy-queen-the-mother-of-god-in-the-word-of-god/

Hail, Holy Queen – by Scott Hahn.
https://www.amazon.com/Hail-Holy-Queen-Scott-Hahn-ebook/dp/B000FCKGLG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Hail, Holy Queen in Logos/Verbum format
https://www.logos.com/product/56702/hail-holy-queen-the-mother-of-god-in-the-word-of-god

Or get Hail, Holy Queen and The Lamb’s Supper, also by Dr. Hahn, in Logos/Verbum format
https://www.logos.com/product/38316/the-lambs-supper-and-hail-holy-queen

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Long time no see and an update, finally

It happened, I think, at least partially because of the way I was posting the Psalms project: using a third-party app and posting separate Tweets instead of a thread. All those Tweets may have looked like sp@m. That’s one reason I haven’t posted any of that project in a while. Also I was archiving the posts as threads at Storify and that site shut down on the 16th of this month. Bother.

No, that's not me in the photo

The other reason is that I suffered a heart attack a while back and nearly died. Recovery continues, slowly as it seems to me, not so slowly according to others. If you followed me on Twitter, then you know I didn’t blog through the long hospital stay but did live-Tweet it. So many Twitter updates, so many people praying for me. God is good and my family and friends, both the ones I know face-to-face and those I know only online, saved my life, I’m sure of it.

There's a hole in my heart

A few days ago I lost Wheelchair Dawg—my oldest, my nearly constant companion for almost fifteen years—to cancer. Heartbreaking does not begin to describe that loss. Her sister from another mother, Lucy, misses her terribly, too. There is a hole in our hearts and in our pack. Fortunately for both of us, Lucy is a cuddle bunny. Cuddles are helping us both right now.

I have so many things to write about, but have not had the energy to write, or not the energy to begin, or if the energy to begin, then not the energy to continue. That is changing now. I’m going to try to post often(ish), even if the posts are brief, to stay in touch.

God bless you, dear reader. You are in my prayers. Please keep me in yours. Peace be with you.

“[I]t has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake…” — Phil. 1:29, RSV Second Catholic Edition, Ignatius Press.

Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. — James 5:13–16, RSV Second Catholic Edition, Ignatius Press.

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Join me on Twitter as Pope St John Paul II Reflects on the Psalms

I stumbled across a book a few days ago: Meditations and Catechesis on the Psalms and Canticles of Morning and Evening Prayer, by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI. It’s published in the UK by Catholic Truth Society, and doesn’t ship to the US. I had to get a copy through AbeBooks and they got it from Blackwell’s in the UK. (To add to the fun, my bank at first declined the transaction because it involved sending payment overseas. A phone call got them to lift the ban—for one day. Oy vey.) But I’ve got it now and it’s mine, all mine!


Join me on Twitter as Pope St John Paul II reflects on the psalms and canticles of Lauds and Vespers.

Morning and Evening Prayer-jpii-bxviAhem. Back to what I was talking about. What was I talking about anyway? Oh! The book! Well, even if you can’t get hold of the book, you can still read the meditations and catechesis on the web. These took place at the general audiences held by the popes on Wednesdays. Pope St. John Paul II began the series by covering Morning Prayer (Lauds) and then covering Evening Prayer (Vespers). But he passed away before he could finish and Pope Benedict picked up where he left off. Pope St. John Paul II went through each day of the four-week Psalter and discussed each day in three parts, one part per Wednesday audience. (Pope Benedict didn’t adhere to that schedule the way his predecessor did.)

I’m sharing quotes and notes from the audiences (using the web versions rather than the book mainly because it’s easier) on Twitter using the hashtag #PsalmsJPII beginning with Lauds and going through Vespers. Join me and join in. Feel free to comment, too. Each session is also up at Storify — four, so far — so you don’t have to miss a scintillating minute of it. ;) See links below.

St. Augustine (hey, #CivDei peeps!) is mentioned quite a bit in the talks. Not surprising since he did write that Enarrationes in Psalmos thingy and he is a beloved Church Father and Doctor of the Church. I’ll be bringing special attention to the good doctor when we get to him, you can be sure of that! (What in the world is #CivDei, you say? Well, that’s a story for another day. Post in the works e’en now.)

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disciple96
Follow the project on Twitter: #PsalmsJPII
Follow my projects on Storify: https://storify.com/disciple96

The book at CTS: http://www.ctsbooks.org/morning-and-evening-prayer-meditations-and-catechesis/
The book at AbeBooks: https://www.abebooks.com/9781784690519/Morning-Evening-Prayer-Meditations-Catechesis-1784690511/plp
(Note: content at AbeBooks changes frequently. The book is available there as I type, but may be gone or replaced by a different edition at any time.)

Augustine's Expositions On the Psalms, digital, Logos-Verbum formatSt. Augustine’s Expositions on the Psalms, Logos/Verbum format (works with either): https://www.logos.com/product/38253/augustines-expositions-on-the-book-of-psalms
Church Fathers: https://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/media/articles/early-church-fathers-overview-snapshot-of-the-fathers-of-the-church/
Doctors of the Church: https://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/media/articles/doctors-of-the-catholic-church/

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I miss you already, Mother. RIP, Mother Angelica.

MotherAngelicaRIP, our beloved Mother Mary Angelica. You were loved by so many and that love will only grow, I know. Please pray for us, those you leave behind. And say hello for us to the ones who left us, the ones you are with now. God bless you, Mother A, God bless you, and may you rest in His peace. Amen

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.
Amen.

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Praying for the Holy Souls, Praying for Despairing Souls

Tonight I watched EWTN Live on Ash Wednesday as Fr. Mitch Pacwa interviewed Susan Tassone, author of many books about the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Her latest book, The Saint Faustina Prayer Book for the Holy Souls, is due to be released in April. Tassone made a study of Saint Faustina’s writings on Purgatory in her Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul, and collects them in her book, along with prayers and novenas. I’m looking forward to getting a copy of this.

Whenever I hear a train whistle I will think of this article

After watching the show I searched the internet for more about the Holy Souls and stumbled across this article at the Divine Mercy website and I want to share it with you: This is the Sound of a Lost Soul. I will never again hear a train whistle without thinking of this article and of all the despairing souls all over the world, so much in need of our prayers. Lord, have mercy.

Thanks for reading and may your Lenten season be one of deepening holiness, prayer, and interior life. God bless.

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