Homily for the feast of All Saints 2000


Father Daniel Meynen

Dear friends,

This year, the feast of All Saints has a particular importance: we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven by Pope Pius XII (November 1, 1950). Therefore, I thought it would be good to write a short spiritual, and theological, contemplation on this subject. You will find it below.

Enjoy your reading!


Exactly fifty years ago, 1950 years after the Incarnation of the Son of God, Pope Pius XII proclaimed as a dogma of the faith the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. This means that all Catholics must hold as an unquestionable and immutable truth that, in addition to the Body of Jesus, there is in Heaven, among the assembly of the Saints, at least one other Body: that of Mary, the Mother of the Son of God according to the flesh. At the end of her earthly life, Mary was raised up by God into Heaven, both body and soul, in order that the creature whom the Holy Spirit chose as his mystical Spouse might be fully glorified in the assembly of the Saints, both in her body and in her soul.

The Holy Spirit and Mary, Mystical spouses, united themselves to each other in order to give birth to the Son of God made man: the incarnate Word. Like all spouses, and even more so than earthly spouses, the Holy Spirit and Mary are but one flesh since the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of the Immaculate Virgin: "They are no longer two, they are one flesh." (Mt. 19:6) Mystically, in the order of divine grace, this one flesh is nothing other than the Body of Christ himself, the Mystical Body of Christ, of which Mary is the first and principal member. But, precisely because Mary is the first and the principal member of the Mystical Body of Christ, she also realizes in herself the fullness of the Mystical Body of Christ. Indeed, for it not to be thus, it would be necessary for the Holy Spirit, after having married Mary, to have been able to marry each of the members of the Mystical Body of Christ. But that is impossible, since the Holy Spirit, as the Husband of Mary, had given himself entirely and completely to Mary his Wife.

In the assembly of the Saints, the Body of Mary is truly glorified by God, for in this absolutely unique Body is realized the fullness of the Mystical Body of Christ. Insofar as the believer forms part of this Mystical Body, he becomes in this way - that is, through Mary - a participant in the Gift of the Holy Spirit. In this sense, each of the faithful, each member of the Mystical Body of Christ, and thus the entire Church, can be called the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, being one Body with him in Christ. This is why, throughout the ages, and until the end of time, the Holy Spirit and the Church unceasingly call to Christ, that he might return to earth in order to seal with his glorious and resurrected Body the Marriage already begun and realized by the Holy Spirit and Mary, eternally glorified in Heaven, in soul and in body: "The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!' " (Rev. 22:17)

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