PODCAST | The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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In this podcast on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. Javier del Castillo revisits the dogma of the Assumption, shares St. Josemaria’s devotion to Our Lady, and explains how we too can participate in the Assumption.

What you’ll hear:

0:30 – On the Dogma of the Assumption as proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on November 1st, 1950.

2:50 – On the two artistic “scenes” of the Assumption

4:35 – St. Josemaria’s insights into the Assumption and the radiant beauty of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7:50 – Why St. Josemaria was so fond of our Lady of the Assumption when he was a child

9:30 – What we are really celebrating on the Feast of the Assumption

12:40 – How Mary’s Fiat brought heaven to earth and the Assumption brings earth to heaven

16:50 – How do we bring heaven to earth, so that we might be brought to heaven?

23:25 – How, on the Feast of the Assumption in 1951, St. Josemaria went on the pilgrimage to Loretto to consecrate Opus Dei to Our Lady

25:55 – How we can participate in the Assumption


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The St. Josemaria Institute was founded in 2006 to promote the life, teachings, and devotion to St. Josemaria Escriva among all men and women who desire to find meaning and happiness in their daily lives by growing closer to God. The St. Josemaria Institute produces and distributes digital and print media as a means to spread Christian values around the world and to help people navigate and live well in the digital age.

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