Blessed Titus on Becoming “Other Marys”

August 15, 2018 |

(This article was originally published on the Solemnity of the Assumption, 2017. It offers a timely reflection on today’s Solemnity by Bl. Titus Brandsma.)

What happened at the end of Mary’s life? Did she die, or was her dormition (her “falling asleep”) which is one and at the same time her assumption? In his promulgation of the Assumption in 1950 on the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1), Pope Pius XII declared “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

There are neither biblical nor primitive Christian traditions about Mary’s death or the location of her tomb, so from early days — at least since the fifth century among Greek Fathers — what was celebrated as Mary’s dormition in the East passed to the West as Mary’s assumption (her being lifted up by God into heaven the moment her life on earth ended). So Christians in the East and West have celebrated this feast of the Assumption for more than 1500 years.

One of the earliest feasts of Mary celebrated in the Carmelites along with the Annunciation before we finally celebrated Our Lady of Mount Carmel as our patronal feast.

Carmelite, Blessed Titus Brandsma said that all Christians and especially Carmelites should be “other Marys” in the sense that just a Christ grew in her and came to birth, so must we allow the love of God to grow in us. Just as she was the “God-bearer” for the world, we too must bring God into every situation and be able to perceive the presence of God that is so often hidden by external realities. He also said that Carmelites are to prolong in the Church what God had worked in Mary.

Arnold Bostius, O.Carm (LP p48)

O venerable affirmation of Carmel as well as being Mother of all, is in a special way your Mother!
What a phrase worthy of being pondered upon:

Here is Your Mother.
Her heart is touched by any need of yours:
She is deeply moved by all, and each of her sons and brothers;
Therefore, your response is to love her
And venerate her as always present,
Taking her into your home
So that She brings you in to her glory!

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