Monday, August 15, 2016

St. Anthony Quote - On The Virgin Mary's Assumption Into Heaven

Like many of the saints before him, St. Anthony of Padua had a great love for and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He knew how important her role was in the life of Jesus Christ and in the life of the Catholic Church, which continues to this day. Here is a quote from his writings focusing on the dogma of the Church regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary's Assumption into heaven:
"She was assumed bodily into heaven…because from Her He assumed flesh. She was ‘the place of the Lord’s feet’ and the ‘ark of His sanctification’ and was therefore glorified. But Her exaltation was also due to Her littleness, for ‘in the word of humility, ‘Behold, the handmaid of the Lord’ (Luke 1:38), She became the Queen of Heaven.’ As a result of Her ‘humility of body and heart… She is brilliant in Her heavenly splendor.’ She is ‘exalted above the choirs of angels’ and ‘sits upon a starry throne,’ crowned by Her divine Son, precisely because She humbled Herself below any other creature."
Most Holy and Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us; St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us~