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Jorge Trujillo wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Besides the proclamation given by Pope Pius XII in his Apostolic Constitution, what is the best way to defend the belief in the Assumption of Mary, Our Blessed Mother?


  { Besides the Papal decree by Pope Pius XII, what is the best way to defend Mary's Assumption? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Jorge —

Thanks for your question.

Patrick Madrid states from his book: "Where is that in the Bible?", pages 71-72 the following:

Under Our Lady's Assumption:

The following passage (Revelation 12:1-8) shows us that Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, is truly the mother of all Christians (even of those who refuse to acknowledge here as their mother). This passage also shows us a vision of Mary, Queen of Heaven, and hints at her Assumption. This gift of suffering no corruption in the grave and being caught up into Heaven while still alive is perfectly in accordance with Scripture. Similar assumptions happened to Enoch (Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5) and Elijah (cf. 2 Kings 2:1, 11-12), and are promised to some Christians in the future: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17.

12 1 Now a great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth. 3 Then a second sign appeared in the sky: there was a huge red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet. 4 Its tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them to the ground, and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was at the point of giving birth, so that it could eat the child as soon as it was born. 5 The woman was delivered of a boy, the son who was to rule all the nations with an iron scepter, and the child was taken straight up to God and to his throne, 6 while the woman escaped into the desert, where God had prepared a place for her to be looked after for twelve hundred and sixty days. 7 And now war broke out in Heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, 8 but they were defeated and driven out of Heaven.

Revelation 12:1-8

Here are the other Biblical quotes Patrick cited:

24 Enoch walked with God, then was no more, because God took him

Genesis 5:24

5 It was because of his faith that Enoch was taken up and did not experience death: he was no more, because God took him; because before his assumption he was acknowledged to have pleased God

Hebrews 11:5

13 We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, to make sure that you do not grieve for them, as others do who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that in the same way God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 We can tell you this from the Lord's own teaching, that we who are still alive for the Lord's coming will not have any advantage over those who have fallen asleep. 16 At the signal given by the voice of the Archangel and the trumpet of God, the Lord himself will come down from Heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, 17 and only after that shall we who remain alive be taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. This is the way we shall be with the Lord for ever.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

Finally, but still very important is the negative proof from history. Historically, to this date, archaeologists have not found the bones of Mary though they have found the bones of St. Peter.

  • Hmmmm, I wonder why? : ) LOL

I hope this helps.

Your brother in prayer, your brother in Christ,

Mike Humphrey

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