Today, 15 August, the festival of 'The Blessed Virgin Mary' for Anglicans, it seems right to thank God for Mary and meditate on her life.
Where I have immense difficulty, is in understanding some of what is taught about her by, for example, the Roman Catholic church.
For Roman Catholics, today is the 'Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary'. As far as I can make, out the dogma relating to this is that
"...the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all guilt of original sin, on the completion of her earthly sojourn, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe..."
(2nd Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium Chapter VIII 59)Well, I'm sorry, but I think that is assuming too much.
What do you think?
Photo: my own, detail of a mural in Church of the Visitation, Ein Karem, near Jerusalem, Israel.