Thursday, May 17, 2007

Mary and the Ascension

The feast of the Ascension falls today, 40 days after Easter (However, many dioceses in the US have transferred it to the following Sunday).
I like to celebrate this feast on Thursday because it keeps the symbolic significance of the 40 days, and also because the novena to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost starts tomorrow.

In any case, the events around Ascension and Pentecost involve Mary. The Scriptures don't say a lot about it, but what is there is very telling. Luke notes that after Jesus ascended to the Father, the disciples went back to Jerusalem to pray for the Holy Spirit. In Acts, Luke notes, "There were some women in their company, and Mary the Mother of Jesus."
At the Annunciation, the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and she became the Mother of Jesus. We can see a parallel between Luke's account of the Annunciation, and his account of Pentecost. He specifically tells us that Mary was present. This time, however, she was not alone, but was in the midst of the group of disciples. Now, at Pentecost, she becomes more fully the Mother of the Church and this happens because the Holy Spirit comes upon her as she is joined in prayer with the other disciples.


Anonymous said...


I am surprised to learn that some dioceses do not celebrate the Ascension on the given day; I have to agree with you that it is only appropriate to celebrate it when it is due.

By the way, I am not saying nuns should not blog their personal lives, I would just like a confirmation (as I am so surprised to find nuns blogging as well on the internet!) that the Vatican is indeed so open today, that nuns can blog publicly about their lives?

Thank you.


Sr. Lorraine said...

Hi Michael,

There is a growing number of priests and nuns who have blogs.
In my case, our congregation was founded by Bl. James Alberione to use the media to spread the Gospel. He always said we should use whatever means of communication that are available to evangelize.
Today, blogs are a great way to do that! The point of my blog is not really to discuss my life, although I sometimes do mention things that have happened, but to use it as a forum to catechize and evangelize.
God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sister Lorraine,

Thanks for the information. I find it great that nuns and priests are blogging nowadays - it certainly makes for great communication with lay people. Keep blogging! God bless you and your blog!