August 16, 2012
A question for my Roman brothers


“What son would not bring his mother back to life and would not bring her into paradise after her death if he could?” — Saint Francis de Sales

Friends, Romans… please explain this quote.  I was under the impression that the Roman interpretation in regards to the assumption, was that Mary was taken, body and soul, prior to death, into heaven.  This quote fits more into the Orthodox theology of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

The teaching states, “At the completion of her earthly life.” Leaving the door open as to whether she actually died, or was assumed at the last moment of her life.

I found this discussion amusing because usually it is Catholics who become “scholastic” and insistent on defining everything; and the Orthodox veer towards mysticism. Here though, we seem to have switched. A Catholic can hold either opinion.

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  1. mongrelmutt reblogged this from crusadermaximus and added:
    Thanks for the explanation! I’d always been taught “prior to death” but then our new pastor said something like “at the...