71 years ago, the dogma of Assumption of Mary was first promulgated by Ven. Pius XII
The Same Year St. Mother Teresa Founded the Missionaries of Charities.
The Same Year St. Maria Goretti was canonized a saint.
The Same Year ‘The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe’ is first published.
The Same Year Evelyn Waugh publishes Helena. This book follows the quest of Helena of Constantinople to find the relics of the cross on which Christ was crucified. Helena, a Christian, was the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine I. Much like Mary is the Mother of Christ who was crucified and who looks for her lost children.
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The Feast of the Assumption is a cause for joy and celebration. It is the highest and most significant of Marian feasts. We honor Mary on this day first and foremost by assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where we receive her Divine Son — the source and summit of her glory — in the Eucharist. We should, if we are able, buy a beautiful bouquet of flowers and place it at the feet of our favorite Marian statue. We should get together with friends and family to mark the occasion. Have festive dinners. Pop open a bottle of wine and have a toast.
The most beautiful, faithful, perfect woman God ever placed on this earth was so beloved that she was assumed bodily into heaven lest her mortal coil suffer even the slightest corruption. And she now intercedes for us in heaven, protecting us from all evil, crushing the head of the serpent, and bringing our petitions before God, adding to them the sweetness of her special favor before God, making them pleasing to Him.
If that’s not a reason for a party, what is?-Steve Skojec, The Assumption: Celebrating the Greatest Woman Who Ever Lived – OnePeterFive
The Feast day of the Assumption of Mary is a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, some states in Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu); and its related observances.
Here Are Some other Things That Happen on This Day…
One of the major miracles attributed to Hyacinth came about during a Mongol attack on Kiev. As the friars prepared to flee the invading forces, Hyacinth went to save the ciborium containing the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle in the monastery chapel, when he heard the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, asking him to take her, too.
Hyacinth lifted the large, stone statue of Mary, as well as the ciborium. He was easily able to carry both, despite the fact that the statue weighed far more than he could normally lift. Thus he saved them both. For this reason he is usually shown holding a monstrance (though they did not come into use until several centuries later) and a statue of Mary
1483-Pope Sixtus IV consecrated the Sistine Chapel.
1771– Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, playwright, and poet (d. 1832) is born. He is the author of such classic works of literature as Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and the narrative poems The Lady of the Lake , in the German translation by Adam Storck, was set to music by Franz Schubert in his work entitled Sieben Gesänge aus Walter Scotts “Fräulein am See” (Seven songs from Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake). This includes the three “Ellen songs”: “Ellens Gesang I”, “Ellens Gesang II”, and “Ellens Gesang III.”Owing to its opening words, “Ave Maria”, Ellens Gesang III is sometimes also referred to as “Schubert’s Ave Maria”. However, the music has become more famous in a later adaptation that replaced the Scott/Storck text with the Latin text of the Catholic “Ave Maria” (“Hail Mary“) prayer.
1843– The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicated. Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States.
For anyone who knows the Narnia books of C. S. Lewis, there is a story by E. Nesbit in her collection The Magic World that immediately stands out. It is called “The Aunt and Amabel”; it tells of a girl who damages a special flower-bed without meaning to. Her aunt punishes her by confining her to a “bedroom, the one with the wardrobe with a looking-glass in it” (228). The only furnishings described are a bed—and a wardrobe. Then Amabel finds a railway timetable that lists a peculiar destination: “the extraordinary name ‘Whereyouwantogoto’.” Its nearest “station was ‘Bigwardrobeinspareroom'” (224). Intrigued, she opens the wardrobe door and steps inside, like Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And like Lucy, Amabel discovers something in it besides coats—in her case a crystal cave. Lucy finds snowy woods, not a cave—but the faun Lucy meets immediately takes her to a cave.-Project MUSE – What C. S. Lewis Took From E. Nesbit (jhu.edu)
1896 – Popular Catholic writer Catherine Doherty (August 15th, 1896 – December 14th, 1985) founder of the Madonna House Apostolate was born on the feast of the Assumption.
1917-Blessed Óscar Romero (August 15th, 1917 –March 24th,1980) the Archbishop of San Salvador, who was assassinated while saying Mass was also born on the feast of the assumption, during the year that Mary appeared as Our Lady of Fatima.
“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”―
The Year the Assumption of Mary Became a Dogma…
By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. November 1, 1950. (Munificentissimus Deus, 44)
I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed into heaven, so if I considered Mary’s assumption at all, it was simply to shrug it off: “Mary was assumed into heaven. Sure, why not?” The whys and wherefores of the matter were so far above my paygrade that they didn’t seem worth pondering.
All of that changed for me when I took a class in anatomy and physiology. As marvelous as it was to learn about how “wonderfully and fearfully” we are made — what with blood cells forming and fading, and bones and tissue becoming oxygenated and cleansed via blood and breath — nothing presented in the class coaxed an audible reaction from me until we studied the process of microchimerism.
In the simplest of terms, microchimerism is the process by which a smattering of cells live within a host body but are completely distinct from it. In human fetomaternal microchimerism (or “fetal cell microchimerism”), every child leaves within his mother a microscopic bit of himself — every pregnancy, brought to delivery or not, leaves a small amount of its own cells within the body of the mother — and those cells remain within her forever.
A small amount of Christ Jesus’ cells remained within Mary, for the whole of her life. Where we Catholics have a limited experience of Christ’s flesh commingling within our own upon reception of the holy Eucharist, Mary was a true tabernacle within which the Divinity did continually reside.
Our Lady’s body, holding Christ within it, could not remain on earth; of course, it would have to join itself to Christ in the heavenly dimension.
Elizabeth Scalia How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This: (August 14, 2016) The Anchoress
1950– Tommy Aldridge, American drummer is born. Aldridge is noted for his work with numerous bands and artists since the 1970s, such as Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy, Vinnie Moore and Yngwie Malmsteen.
1950 – Tom Kelly, American baseball player is born.
1950 – Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom is born.
1979- Apocalypse Now is released.
1990- Jennifer Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) star of The Hunger Games is born.
2012 – Harry Harrison, Sci-Fi author dies. (b. 1925) He was known mostly for his character The Stainless Steel Rat and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966). The latter was the rough basis for the motion picture Soylent Green (1973). Long resident in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, Harrison was involved in the foundation of the Irish Science Fiction Association, and was, with Brian Aldiss, co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group.
2014- The Giver is Released
“When man set foot on the moon, he said a phrase that became famous: ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ In essence, humanity had reached a historic milestone. But today, in Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, we celebrate an infinitely greater achievement. Our Lady set foot in Heaven. This step of the little Virgin of Nazareth was the giant leap forward of mankind. Our Lady set foot in Heaven: she went there not only in spirit, but with her body as well, with all of herself. That one of us dwells in the flesh in Heaven gives us hope: we understand that we are precious, destined to rise again. God does not allow our bodies to vanish into nothing. With God, nothing is lost.”-Pope Francis Pope Francis: Mary’s Assumption was a ‘giant leap for mankind’ – Catholic World Report