I am certain she was apprehensive and unsure, but she said YES! What does that mean for us? Why are Catholics so "on fire" about Mary. That word YES says it all for me. I have her example to follow in my own life, when I am asked to do tough things. I follow the path God has put before me, no matter how unsure I may be of my own worth. Scared of public speaking? bring it on!
I want to take this time in the Month we honor Mary to understand more about her role in the Church and the Holy Family. She is the "mother of the church", and the "Ark of the New Covenant." She is the vessel that brought God to earth through Jesus Christ. The following quote from the book of Revelation explains visions that were seen and told by Saint John, who took care of Mary after Jesus'
death and wrote the Book of Revelation.
“Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of
thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod… Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed . . .” – Revelation 11:19, 12:1-6, 10
We believe Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven after her death. Taken by God's power to join Him and Jesus in paradise. This is explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 966), our book of laws and beliefs in the
Catholic Church. http://old.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt1sect2chpt3art9p6.shtml
Mary's assumption comes before and foreshadows our own future glory in
heaven with Jesus. Read more in 1 Corinthians 15.
We pray to Mary as an advocate for us in heaven. She can lead us to a deeper
relationship with her son than we are able to fathom on our own.
I found a song that illustrates our call to be like Mary called "Mary's Heart" to