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.
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.
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.)
The Case for the Assumption of Mary – by Dr. Robert Stackpole.
Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God – Free Bible study on the web.
Hail, Holy Queen – by Scott Hahn.
Hail, Holy Queen in Logos/Verbum format
Or get Hail, Holy Queen and The Lamb’s Supper, also by Dr. Hahn, in Logos/Verbum format