The dogma of the Assumption affirms that Mary’s body was glorified after her death. Indeed, while for other men the resurrection of the body will take place at the end of the world, for Mary the glorification of her body was anticipated by a singular privilege.
The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, over the course of her life on earth, was taken to the glory of Heaven and elevated to the throne of the Lord as Queen of the Universe, to be more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.
The Assumption of Mary in body and soul to heaven is a dogma of the Catholic faith, expressly defined by Pope Pius XII speaking “ex-cathedra”. And … what is a Dogma? Since in the simplest terms, Dogma is a truth of faith, revealed by God (in Scripture or contained in Tradition).
The importance of the Assumption of Mary for us, men and women of the third millennium of the Christian era, lies in the relationship between the Resurrection of Christ and ours. The presence of Mary, woman of our race, human being like us, who is in body and soul and glorified in Heaven, is that: an anticipation of our own resurrection.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.
After four days of travel and after leaving Earth’s orbit and into the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin got into the lunar module, called Eagle, while Collins remained in the command module Columbia. The Eagle separated from the command module and began descending to land on the surface of the Moon, in an area called the Sea of Tranquility.
On July 16, 1969 the ship, propelled by a Saturn V rocket, blasted off from Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. At 9:32 am local time, the huge rocket rose on sky Florida and 12 minutes after the crew entered orbit.
The decision of going to the moon was taken by the President Kennedy three weeks after astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space. It would take eight years of hard work for the NASA to fulfill the president’s expectations.
46 years ago, humanity achieved a major accomplishment: a man stepped on the moon for the first time. It all started on May 25, 1961, when the President of the United States John F. Kennedy announced his intention to send astronauts to the moon before the end of the decade.
On July 20, 1969 the NASA Apollo 11 mission placed the first men on the Moon: the commander Neil Armstrong and Edwin F.Aldrin. Here you have some pictures and cards that show this fantastic moment.