Luke 46-55 (NRSV)
The Gospels give no account of Mary's death but from the earliest years, the Tradition of the Church said that when she died she was taken body and soul to heaven, often referring to her death as Dormition (falling asleep). It would have been a fitting tribute to the one whose body had nurtured the unborn Jesus, acting as temple to the Son of the Most High.
St Paul refers to our bodies as being temples of the Holy Spirit. In a small way, we share the great dignity bestowed on Mary. From the moment of conception to the last breath of our life, our bodies are infinitely precious. Through them - our senses - voices - actions - God works in the world. As human beings, we have an inalienable right to savour the gift of life using our earthly time to prepare for the joys of eternity.
Pray for the unborn and those whose human dignity is not respected.
Mary, heavenly Mother of all,
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